US embassy cites Celso’s efforts in Lunsmann release PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 October 2011 16:28

The United States Embassy has commended the “efforts of Philippine government officials and the personal engagement of Mayor Celso Lobregat” in securing the release of US citizen Gerfa Lunsmann.

In a statement posted in its website, October 3, the US Embassy confirmed the release of Mrs. Lunsmann but stressed that “this outcome could not have occurred without the concerted efforts of Philippine government officials and the personal engagement of Mayor Celso Lobregat of Zamboanga City”.

“We commend the diligent, professional and effective efforts of everyone involved in securing Mrs. Lunsmann’s release”, the statement said.

Mrs. Lunsmann was released by her abductors in Maluso, Basilan shortly before midnight October 2, some 82 days after she was snatched in the island barangay of Tigtabon along with her 14-year old son Kevin Eric and nephew Romrick Jakaria.
Kevin and Romrick remain in captivity.

Authorities neither confirmed nor denied the payment of ransom for the release of Mrs. Lunsmann but stressed that continuous efforts are being done to put a final closure on the situation the soonest possible time.

Mrs. Lunsmann was presented to the media past 9am in City Hall yesterday by Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo and Mayor Lobregat but requested no interviews.

Sec. Robredo and Mayor Lobregat faced the media after the photo ops with Mrs. Lunsmann and both sought continuous support and cooperation of all sectors in as much as Lunmann’s son and nephew are still in captivity.

Both officials thanked the significant role played by the media in the Lunsmann abduction but again sought the media’s cooperation as the primary concern of everybody is the life and safety of the victims. — Sheila Covarrubias