Phone call proves Vagni’s alive

MANILA, Philippines — A phone call made to his family yesterday was all the government needed to know as proof that abducted Italian international aid worker Eugenio Vagni was still alive.

Interior Secretary Ronaldo Puno received word from emissaries that Vagni had called a relative yesterday, three days after government forces toned down its offensive to give way to fresh talks between his Abu Sayyaf captors and crisis managers in Sulu.

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Published in: on June 27, 2009 at 6:33 am  Leave a Comment  

Puno bares new talks with Vagni kidnappers

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines—Negotiators opened new “areas of discussion” with the Abu Sayyaf for the release of Italian engineer Eugenio Vagni, a Red Cross volunteer being held captive by the bandit group, a top official said on Tuesday.

Interior Secretary Ronaldo Puno said Vagni is “very safe and healthy,” quoting reports from emissaries that he did not identify.

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Published in: on June 24, 2009 at 6:32 am  Leave a Comment  

Red Cross loses contact with Vagni

MANILA, Philippines—Members of the International Committee of the Red Cross have reportedly lost contact with their kidnapped member, Eugenio Vagni, as fresh fighting erupted in Sulu province in an attempt to rescue the Italian volunteer from the Abu Sayyaf group.

In a statement posted on their website, Alain Aeschlimann, ICRC head of operations for East Asia, South-East Asia, and the Pacific, said Vagni last contacted his wife on June 2 and has not contacted any friends or family members since.

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Published in: on June 22, 2009 at 6:30 am  Leave a Comment