Basilan kidnap victims' kin against rescue operation PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 30 November 2010 12:46

The families and relatives of  two kidnap victims  --a public school principal and a businesswoman -- have appealed the military to halt any rescue operations with apprehensions it will endanger the safety of the hostage, an official disclosed Friday.

This came about as the association of teachers in the town of Lamitan held a prayer rally Friday seeking divine intervention for the immediate and safe release of the hostage.

Cecilia Sosas, school principal of Baas Elementary School in Lamitan, is being held captive for almost two weeks now after suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits seized her last Nov. 15.

Basilan Vice Gov. Al-Rasheed Sakkalahul, chairman of the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC), said the hostage's husband, SPO2 Nestor Sosas, appealed not to opt for rescue operation in the recovery of his wife.

Sosas is assigned with the police provincial headquarters in the province of Sulu.

PO2 Sosas and family are apprehensive it might endanger the life of the hostage since they have not yet received any demand or call from the kidnappers, Sakkalahul said.

Sosas was abducted together with Merlyn Yacapin, a teacher, but pursuing policemen have recovered Yacapin an hour after on the same day they were seized since the kidnappers abandoned her in the boundary of Lamitan and Tuburan towns.

"The family of the kidnapped teacher wanted to halt any military operation. So we have to exhaust negotiation for the release of the teacher and even the other victim," Sakkalahul said.

The other victim, which Sakkalahul refers to is Rose Baranda, 59, who was kidnapped last Nov. 2 in the boundary of Tipo-Tipo and Ungkaya Pukan towns.

Baranda, a trader, was aboard a passenger jeep traveling from Lamitan town to Sumisip town when Abu Sayyaf bandits and lost commander rebels seized her.

Baranda's family is also not in favor of rescue operation to recover the hostage trader, Sakkalahul said.