Quote for the Week..

"Why are the country’s political leaders quick to act on amending the Constitution to change nationalistic provisions for the benefit of foreigners or to extend their terms of office but are allergic to amending the Constitution to address the people’s aspirations for self-determination?" - Marvic Leonen,Dean of the UP College of Law, in a keynote address delivered at the 1st International Solidarity Conference on Mindanao; March 16-18, 2009 in Davao City, Philippines.


Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Abu Sayyaf seek P1M ransom for Basilan linemen

Marine and police operatives have temporarily suspended rescue operations for the four employees of the Basilan Electric Cooperative (Baselco) who were kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf bandits pending negotiations for their release, a ranking military official said Monday.

“Negotiations are being conducted by the (Basilan) vice governor (Al-Rasheed Sakalalul) and Baselco,” said Major General Ben Dolorfino, Marine commandant.

The kidnappers have demanded P1 million for the victims’ freedom, according to Baselco manager Alfredo Oyao.

He said the kidnappers threatened to kill the four linemen who were abducted on June 26 if the cooperative failed to come up with the money.

“But we cannot give anything. Our cooperative is bankrupt. Their captives are very poor,” Oyao said. (Nikko Dizon in Manila and Julie S. Alipala in Mindanao; INQ.net)

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