Deadline all the time

breaking news stories, photos, and video

US offers help in ICRC captives’ rescue

with one comment

By Joel Guinto
First Posted 12:51:00 01/20/2009

Filed Under: Red cross kidnapping, Foreign affairs & international relations, Politics

MANILA, Philippines — The United States has offered to help Philippine security forces recover three International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) volunteers kidnapped last week by suspected Islamic extremists in the southern province of Sulu, its envoy said.

“If there is any information we have or any way we can provide anything that leads to their safe return, we stand ready to do that,” United States Ambassador Kristie Kenney told reporters in Malacañang on Tuesday, on the sidelines of the annual Vin d’Honneur reception for diplomats.

“These are international Red Cross workers. They should be returned safely now, and those who captured them should be brought to justice and held responsible,” Kenney said.

American soldiers are frequent visitors to Jolo, the main island in Sulu, for joint exercises and community building projects with their Filipino counterparts.

Last week, three ICRC members — Swiss national Andreas Notter, Italian national Eugenio Vagni, and Filipina Mary Jean Lacaba — were seized by gunmen in Patikul town.

Sulu is a known bailiwick of the al Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf, who was also implicated in the June 2008 kidnapping of an ABS-CBN news team and the string of kidnappings of foreign nationals that started in the late 1990s.

Swiss Ambassador to the Philippines Peter Sutter, in a separate interview, refused to comment on the pace of the pursuit operations.

“I can just make a very general statement that we appreciate the support of the Philippine government and we hope it shows some results but all players have to coordinate closely to achieve positive results,” he said.

View article as posted on

Written by joelguinto

TueUTC2009-01-20T06:59:14+00:00UTC01bUTCTue, 20 Jan 2009 06:59:14 +0000 22, 2006 at 12:45 am01

Posted in Uncategorized

One Response

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. […] 21, 2009 · No Comments ARTICLE: US offers help in ICRC captives’ rescue “MANILA, Philippines – The United States has offered to help Philippine security forces […]

    Personnel Recovery Issues

    WedUTC2009-01-21T21:19:29+00:00UTC01bUTCWed, 21 Jan 2009 21:19:29 +0000 22, 2006 at 12:45 pm01

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: