NUJP-Zambo statement on abduction of 2 sisters PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 24 June 2013 11:51

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines-Zamboanga City Chapter joins if not leads the media community in the entire country in our COLLECTIVE APPEAL for the joint security forces in the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police based in Sulu, the Provincial Government of Sulu with incumbent Gov. Abdusakur Tan and Gov.-Elect Abdusakur Tan  Jr., the Municipal Governments of Talipao and Patikul, civic community groups, and the Barangay Local Government Units of Lower and Upper Sinumaan in Talipao and its peripheral areas, and the regional government of the Bangsamoro under Gov. Mujiv Hataman  to COORDINATE and MOVE for the safe and speedy release of sisters Linda and Nadjoua Bansil.

The two sisters are Indie film-makers, and have traveled to Sulu to take footages for an upcoming Indie film they are working on.  They are known for having produced the first film on the Bajaus, or sea gypsies in southern Philippines. They were abducted on 22 June 2013 at the vicinity of Mount Sinumaan in Patikul, Sulu, an area which is also locally known as among the lairs of the Abu Sayyaf since the late ‘70s.

Nadjoua Bansil is among the three Muslims who is a nominee to the 2013 Gawad Urian Awards for the film, ‘Bohe, Sons of the Waves’ (‘bohe’ is a Tausug term that means water), which she directed and her sister Linda co-directed.  The sisters also got nominations for the same movie in the Cinemalaya Awards.  She is a film studies alumna of the Ateneo de Zamboanga University and an employee of Amnesty International.

The safety of media workers has long been on the line,and this violent act stains further the image of the Philippines as the mostdangerous country for media workers to operate on.

We respectfully call on the Philippine national government NOT TO ALLOW this incident to be another demonstration of its helplessness in addressing the roots of the social conflict in Sulu.  Instead let its immediate action towards the Bansil sisters’ freedom from their captors, young orphaned sons of the Abu Sayyaf Group members, be an initial manifestation of the GPH’s efforts to address the structural and cultural violence that have long been inflicted upon those in these conflict areas.

Nadj and Linda Bansil PHOTO BY PIPO ALFAD

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Frencie Carreon thank you in advance to those who would share this. we hope government can really move.

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Frencie Carreon For those who are asking, the motive for the abduction is not yet known although ransom is a topmost speculation. They were accordingly mistaken to be foreigners. Well, they are mestiza Muslim Filipinos. But we are counting on the efforts of the Phi...See More

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Jodl Isahac Thanks for including me in the loop frencie..

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Frencie Carreon Thanks to Marj Jana for sharing the photo of Pipo Alfad.

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Jovvee Eaan more than a social conflict...

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Frencie Carreon true...

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