Akbar nixes kidnappers’ demand PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 17 December 2010 11:21

ISABELA CITY, Basilan -- Gov. Jum Akbar has emphasized that she will not give in to the demand of the Abu Sayyaf bandits to remove all Christian teachers assigned in Muslim-dominated barangays in this province.
Akbar’s statement came after the release of a teacher-in-charge kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf bandits last November 15 at Baas Elementary School in the municipality of Lamitan.
Cecilia Sosas was freed by the kidnappers around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday in the boundaries of Barangays Lagayas and Cabangalan, Tipo-Tipo town through the concerted effort of the Crisis Management Committee (CMC) headed by Vice-Gov. Alrasheed Sakkalahul.
Sosas was kidnapped around 11 a.m. of November 15 at Baas Elementary School in Lamitan town by Abu Sayyaf bandits together with another teacher, Merlyn Yacapin, who was abandoned by the bandits and recovered by pursuing policemen an hour after in the boundaries of Lamitan and Tuburan municipalities.
“I am not in favor, I will not give in to their demands,” Akbar said citing giving good education to the children in the province is a priority of her administration.
“Hindi relihiyon ang issue dito. It is the education of the children,” Akbar added.
Akbar advised the teachers in this province not to be cowed by the kidnappers' demand and continue in carrying out their tasks as educators of the children.
Akbar, Basilan Police Provincial Director Sr. Supt. Cristeto Rey Gonzalodo and Special Operations Task Force-Basilan commander Col. Nicanor Dolojan met Wednesday morning and discuss security concerns of the province.
Sosas narrated her ordeal to Akbar when Sakkalahul brought her to the office of the governor around 11 a.m. Wednesday before flying to Manila to meet Education Secretary Armin Luistro
Sosas said she is going on a vacation and would decide later with her family whether or not to return to Baas Elementary School in Lamitan.