Philippines: ICRC again appeals to kidnappers

Geneva/ Manila (ICRC) – The ICRC has again appealed to the Abu Sayyaf group to spare the lives of the three ICRC workers, Mary Jean Lacaba, Eugenio Vagni and Andreas Notter, it has been holding since 15 January. The group has threatened to kill one of its hostages on 31 March if its demand for a troop pull-back is not met.

“Our message to Abu Sayyaf is: please spare and release Mary Jean, Eugenio and Andreas,” said the ICRC’s president, Jakob Kellenberger. “All they were doing was helping people in need in your area. There is no ideology or religious law that could justify killing them.”

“We will do everything in our power to ensure that Mary Jean, Eugenio and Andreas remain safe and can return to their families, who miss them desperately. Their children, parents, siblings, spouses, friends and colleagues will not give up hope of seeing them again soon,” added Mr Kellenberger.

For further information, please contact:

Anastasia Isyuk, ICRC Manila, tel: +639 1890 72125

Dorothea Krimitsas, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 22 730 25 90 or +41 79 251 93 18

Florian Westphal, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 22 730 22 82 or +41 79 217 32 80

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