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Palace warns troops chasing ICRC captors

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By Joel Guinto
First Posted 11:08:00 02/10/2009

Filed Under: Treaties & International Organisations, Military, Red cross kidnapping

MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE) Malacañang has cautioned security forces running after the alleged captors of a three-man International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) against endangering the lives of the hostages.

Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said the Palace has directed Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr. and Interior Secretary Ronaldo Puno to remind troops of the “need for care” while in pursuit operations.

“They have to ensure the safety of the hostages Yun ang mahalaga dun [That is the important thing],” Ermita told reporters in Malacañang Tuesday.

Ermita said the Palace would not order a halt to the chase.

On Monday, troops closed in on the captors of ICRC workers Andres Notter, a Swiss national; Eugenio Vagni, an Italian national; and Mary Jean Lacaba, a Filipina, sparking a firefight.

The Red Cross team was snatched in Sulu last month after they inspected sanitation facilities at the provincial jail.

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