Palace hopes for the peaceful resolution of hostage crisis in Agusan del Sur

April 6, 2011 12:37 am 

MANILA, April 5 — Malacañang expects that the hostage-taking incident in Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur would be resolved peacefully following the release of a 13-year- old boy on Monday.

“Yes, the crisis would be resolved peacefully,” Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office Secretary Ricky Carandang said in a press briefing on Tuesday at Malacanang.

Carandang said the release of Marvin Corvera, 13, is a welcome development that in the soonest possible time the crisis would end and the local crisis management committee would be able to save the hostages from the hands of their abductors.

Carandang assured the public that the government's local crisis management committee members are continuously exhausting all possible means to settle the hostage crisis.

He noted that the safety of the hostages is the government’s primary concern, adding that the negotiators are very patient in dealing with the hostage-takers.

Five armed men allegedly from the forest-dwelling Manobo tribe forcibly abducted 15 teachers and children on Saturday in a bid to get the government to free a jailed relative.

Of the total victims, two were released on Sunday, and another one on Monday night. (PNA)

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