Will Abu Sayyaf release Red Cross hostages?
It has been more than two months since the abduction of three voluntary workers of International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) by the Abu Sayyaf group in Mindanao, Philippines. The said group was fierce to behead one of the hostages if government troops will withdraw from their operations saying that they also want to resolve this amicably (did I hear it right? Abu Sayyaf wants what?)
DILG Secretary Puno said that it was decided yesterday during a meeting with Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro, Armed Forces Chief Gen. Alexander Yano, Philippine National Police Chief Director General Jesus Versoza and Sulu Gov. Sakur Tan that government troops will pull back from a jungle area in Indanan, Sulu today. It was also said that this will lead the way to a no-beheading and release of one of the three Red Cross captives.
I certainly hope that Abu Sayyaf group is serious in resolving this issue in an amicable manner. Like millions of people praying, I also pray for the immediate release of the 3 victims Filipina Mary Jean Lacaba, Swiss Andreas Notter and Italian Eugenio Vagni. Meanwhile, a prayer rally will occur today at the Plaza Miranda for the protection and release of the Red Cross workers.