Gov’t urged to pursue Abu captors

MANILA, Philippines — There should be no let-up in government efforts to secure the remaining two hostages of the Abu Sayyaf group, a lawmaker said Friday, as he expressed relief over the release of Mary Jean Lacaba.

Muntinlupa Representative Rufino Biazon said the release of Lacaba, a worker for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) was a “very welcome development.”

“At least, one life is now secured,” he said in a text message.

But the congressman said that pressure on the Abu Sayyaf should not be relaxed.

“The military and Philippine National Police (PNP) should continue their stranglehold on the kidnappers, so that they would not escape after the release of the Filipina,” Biazon said.

“The pressure will also help in the effort to release the two other captives,” he added.

Geneva-based ICRC workers, Swiss Andreas Notter and Italian Eugenio Vagni, remain in the hands of the bandits.

The three ICRC workers were kidnapped January 15 while on a mission to improve water facilities in Jolo jail.

Lacaba was released late Thursday.

Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, INQUIRER.net

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Published in: on April 3, 2009 at 11:33 am  Comments Off on Gov’t urged to pursue Abu captors  
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