Philippines: ICRC confirms kidnapped staff member is free


Manila / Geneva (ICRC) – Andreas Notter, one of three International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) staff members, who were abducted in the southern Philippines on 15 January, is now free. He spent 93 days in captivity.

Mr Notter is being looked after by colleagues from the ICRC. He is safe, well and happy that he will soon be back with his family. However, his thoughts are with Eugenio Vagni, with whom he shared the kidnapping ordeal and who is not yet free.

The ICRC was informed that Mr Notter was free by the Philippine authorities at around 8:00am Manila time on 18 April.

“We are, of course, very relieved that Andreas will soon be back in the arms of his loved ones,” said Alain Aeschlimann, the ICRC’s head of operations for East Asia, South-East Asia and the Pacific. “But we remain very concerned about Eugenio’s safety and we call on the abductors to let him go safely, immediately and unconditionally.”

Referring to recent official and behind-the-scenes endeavours to resolve the ordeal, Mr Aeschlimann said the ICRC appreciated all genuine efforts that had been made by national and local authorities.

Mr Notter and Mr Vagni were kidnapped in mid-January, along with Mary Jean Lacaba, near the Jolo Provincial jail, where they were working on a water and sanitation project. Mrs Lacaba was released on 2 April.

For further information, please contact:

Anastasia Isyuk, ICRC Manila, tel: +639 1890 72125
Anna Nelson, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 79 217 3264
Florian Westphal, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 79 217 3280

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