Ricky Carandang: "Which is why–according to some oberservers– he claimed that the kidnappers would behead a hostage on her birthday. Having been rebuffed by Puno, he was trying to pressure Arroyo to give in to the kidnappers demands.
While he didn’t succeed, Gordon did manage to get Gen. Juancho Sabban pulled out of the operation. People in the AFP will tell you that Sabban was the guy who had the most knowledge of the situation on the ground and that his removal deprived the government of one of its most reliable sources of on-the-ground information."
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Are Philippine Politicians Complicating Red Cross Hostage Situation?
Is the Pope Catholic?
RICKY CARANDANG of ABSCBN News has an excellent post on the hostage crisis involving workers of the International Committee of the Red Cross who've been taken hostage by the foreign terrorist organization, the Abu Sayyaf Group under Albader Parad. He focuses on the drama being played out among Senator Dick Gordon (concurrently chairman of the Philippine National Red Cross and an acknowledged 2010 presidentiable), Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro, Interior Secretary Ronnie Puno, AFP Chief of Staff General Alexander Yano, and Philippine National Police Chief Jesus Versoza -- in the ongoing 3 month long kidnapping and hostage situation on the island of Jolo, Sulu province. Recall that after releasing one hostage last week, (Filipina Mary Jean Lacaba), the kidnappers have held onto Swiss citizen Andreas Notter, and Italian Eugenio Vagni, threatening to behead one or both of them unless the Philippine government evacuates its forces, police and soldiers from everywhere on the island except for the capital city of Jolo. The government has refused to comply with this clearly impossible and illegal terrorist demand.
What the terrorist Abus Sayyaf are doing in Sulu with the ICRC hostages is an ongoing violation of the Human Security Act of 2007 as a major terrorist crime, as well as a violation of the International Humanitarian Law involving the ICRC and its workers.
Because Sen. Gordon has openly expressed Presidential ambitions in the past, anything he does during this particular crisis involving the Red Cross will attract suspicion as an attempt to advance his viability as a presidential or vice presidential candidate in the 2010 national elections.
Sen. Gordon may now be doing more harm than good. Especially with regards to the following speculation or observation if true:
Well it seems that Mr. Albader Parad and the Abu Sayyaf did manage to deliver bloody birthday gift to the President. According to the Manila Bulletin's coverage, a man abducted in Lamitan town just last Friday by suspected Abu Sayyaf rampagers, has indeed been beheaded (via the Manila Bulletin) on Basilan Island.
I am also dismayed at the behavior and performance of Governor Abdusakur Tan and Vice Governor Lady Ann Sahidullah. Sometimes, one wonders whose side these politicians are really on, beyond themselves that is.
Posted By: Deany Bocobo
On Tuesday, April 14, 2009
On Tuesday, April 14, 2009