Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Abus threaten to behead one hostage Tuesday

Abus threaten to behead one hostage Tuesday

By Tarra Quismundo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 01:27:00 03/31/2009

Dinner of rice and fish was served as usual Monday night, but the three abducted workers of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) refused to eat in the forested Indanan hideout of their Abu Sayyaf kidnappers.

The kidnappers announced that they would execute one of their hostages at 2 p.m. Tuesday, unless the military pulled out from Jolo Island, a demand Interior Secretary Ronaldo Puno described as impossible to carry out.

“They know what will happen, that is why they don’t want to eat. They are silent, sometimes they would cry,” said a caller, who identified himself as Albader Parad, the Abu Sayyaf leader, to radio talk show host Arlyn dela Cruz in Manila.

“Their hands and feet are tied,” Parad said. “They’re in one place.”

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My take:

The government is again willingly allowing the bandits to take it hostage at the expense of thousands of law abiding Jolo citizens. In exchange for what? The safety of three people who in the first place should have never been there anyway? With the repeated failure of the Abus to comply with their end of the bargain in the current negotiations, they are just reconfirming what everybody knows all along: they are a bunch of idiotic morons who must be obliterated from the face of the earth through the use of sheer brute force. Negotiations is useless with them as word of honor is not in their vocabulary. This happened before, this is happening now, and this will again happen in the future. Once and for all, the government must act decisively. Even at the expense of three people who actually asked for it anyway...

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