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Hostage drama has peaceful ending

Six-day drama ends without casualties as protesters release remaining victims

Hostage drama has peaceful ending
Gina Galdiano talks over the phone to her husband, Allan Galdiano, one of the nine teachers taken hostage by gunmen in La Purisima, Prosperidad town in Agusan del Sur
Lourdes Abelardo, Manila

April 6, 2011

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A group protesting against the jailing of a tribal leader yesterday let go their remaining 13 hostages. The group abandoned the 13 persons they had been holding hostage since Friday in Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur, according to local media reports. Earlier, Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos of Butuan had said he was confident that the drama in his diocese would end peacefully. A group of Manobo tribesmen took 16 hostages, including two children, in Prosperidad in Agusan del Sur province last Friday to demand the release of their leader, Jobert "Ondo" Perez who was jailed over another hostage-taking incident in 2009. Two of the hostages were released Sunday. "Don’t worry about these matters because, actually, we can handle it," the prelate said. PM13845.1648
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