Abu Sayyaf bandits reject partial pullout of troops »

Abu Sayyaf bandits reject partial pullout of troops

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines/ BP Garcia–The Abu Sayyaf bandits that are holding hostage three personnel of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have rejected the partial pullout of troops in exchange for the release of one of the hostages, a Sulu provincial government official said Sunday. Sulu Gov. Abdusakur Tan, who heads the Crisis […]

Gov’t gives in to Abu Sayyaf’s demand to pull out troops »

Gov’t gives in to Abu Sayyaf’s demand to pull out troops

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines/ BP Garcia-–Government forces have started pulling out from their positions Saturday, three days ahead of the deadline set by the Abu Sayyaf bandits for the troops to withdraw or they will behead one of the three International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) hostages. Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary […]

Philippine troops pulling back from cordoned jungle »

Philippine troops pulling back from cordoned jungle

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines–Following a rare appeal by a senior Red Cross (ICRC) official, Philippine troops are pulling back from jungle positions surrounding Al Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf Islamic militants at the southern island of Jolo. ICRC chief Jakob Kellenberger called upon the militants to unconditionally free hostages. Harming them would achieve nothing and was not justified […]

1 of 3 kidnapped Sibugay teachers feared to have died in captivity »

1 of 3 kidnapped Sibugay teachers feared to have died in captivity

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines/ BP Garcia-–The Crisis Management Committee (CMC) handling the kidnapping case of the three teachers in Zamboanga Sibugay has received information that one of the hostages died while in captivity, an official disclosed. The information disclosed that Noime Mandi passed away due to complications arising from Mandi’s recent medical surgery, the official said. […]

Zamboanga City teachers’ ransom reduced by P1-M »

Zamboanga City teachers’ ransom reduced by P1-M

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines/ BP Garcia–Mayor Celso Lobregat, who heads the Crisis Management Committee (CMC) handling the kidnapping case of three teachers, remains firm against paying ransom in exchange for the release of the hostages. This, despite the Basilan-based kidnappers’ reduction by P1 million of the ransom they earlier demanded in exchange for the release of […]

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