Bishop calls out government over kidnappings
ucanews.com reporter, Manila
May 24, 2012
“The problem with this government is it is too much focused on the impeachment of [Chief Justice Renato Corona] and neglects other concerns,” the prelate told Radyo Veritas.
At least six foreign nationals, including Lorenzo Vinsiguerra from Switzerland, Evold Horn from Holland, Australian Warren Rodwell, Toshio Ito from Japan, Indian Biju Veetil and another unnamed captive, remain in the hands of the terrorist group Abu Sayyaf.
News reports yesterday quoted sources in the intelligence community as saying that the Abu Sayyaf is demanding 50 million pesos (US$1.1 million) ransom for the release of the hostages.
Most of the hostages are believed to be in Basilan and Sulu provinces, known to be strongholds of the terrorist group.
Marites Flor, a Filipino woman, was kidnapped with two Canadians and a Norwegian in September
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