ICRC: Crisis has gone ‘far too long’

MANILA, Philippines—More than 130 days after Italian Red Cross worker Eugenio Vagni was abducted by the Abu Sayyaf in Sulu province, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Friday again appealed to the government to resolve the crisis that has “gone on for far too long.”

In a statement posted on their website, ICRC’s head of operations for East Asia, South-East Asia and the Pacific Alain Aeschlimann expressed relief over the release of three teachers in Zamboanga City last Tuesday, and expressed hope that Vagni would also be released soon.

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Published in: on May 29, 2009 at 6:43 am  Leave a Comment  

300-year old historic house in Daraga is Albay’s latest tourist attraction

LEGAZPI CITY — An almost 300-year old house which survived the ravages of time is the latest addition to Albay province’s numerous tourist attractions.

Built on March 2, 1702 by the great, great grandmother of the late Antonio Loveria, a descendant of the well-known Borromeo clan, the house, located along F. Lotivio, Bagumbayan, Daraga, Albay has withstood carpet bombings by the American liberation forces, and the deadly typhoons that often visits the Bicol region.

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Published in: on May 26, 2009 at 8:13 pm  Comments Off on 300-year old historic house in Daraga is Albay’s latest tourist attraction  

Vagni alive, calls family, says ICRC

MANILA, Philippines — Eugenio Vagni, the International Committee of the Red Cross worker held captive by Islamic extremists in the forests of Sulu, is alive, the aid organization said Saturday.

Vagni, according to ICRC Asia-Pacific chief Alain Aeschlimann, called his family on Friday, after more than a week of silence on his end.

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Published in: on May 9, 2009 at 6:37 am  Leave a Comment