PNRC commits to help secure in the release of other hostages

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ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines / Roland Ramos-–The Philippine National Red Cross has agreed to help secure the release of other hostages outside of Sulu.

“We agreed to help other hostages,” referring to those who are still in the hands of its captors aside from our two remaining colleagues in the island of Sulu, said PNRC Chairman Sen. Richard Gordon.

In Basilan, there are five known kidnap victims, including three Zamboanga teachers who are still in the hands of lawless elements, rogue members of the MILF and Abu Sayyaf.

Three teachers from Zamboanga are believed to be held captive by the Abu Sayyaf in the mountains of Tuburan in Basilan.

Early this week, the emissaries talking to the kidnappers of the teachers–Frairez Quizon, Rafael Mayonado and Janette delos Reyes–sent proof of life to the local Crisis Management Committee chaired by City Mayor Celso Lobregat.

Together with the proof of life, the emissaries relayed to Lobregat the message pertaining to the lowered ransom demand of 4 million pesos (US$ 8,300.00).

Lobregat declined to give details on what he referred to as “proof of life”.

Five other victims are still in the hands of the kidnappers in Basilan namely, Sri Lankan Peace advocate Ustadz Umar Jaleel, 36, Lending firm employee Leah Patris and Bangkaw-Bangkaw, Naga teachers Jocelyn Inon, Jocelyn Enriquez and Noemi Mandi.

Gordon expressed elation over the release of Lacaba but “we still have two colleagues out there and three teachers (from Zamboanga) are also missing.”

“We are going to work on all of them. Tutulong tayo para makalabas sila (We will help so they can be freed),” Gordon assured. (Roland Ramos, The PhilSouth Angle)

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