hostage crises in the Philippines?
March 31, 2009 7:53am CST
i can't just imagine how toothless the government in the Philippines are. the president could just order the soldiers in sulu to backoff so that the "red cross" hostages can be rescued, the soldiers/army doesn't listen to the government.. they do want to back off... what do you think will happen? do you think the abu sayaf will release them or will do what they threatened the goverment to do that they will cut one's head?
1 Apr 09
The soldiers had listened to the government with the first demand of the abusayaf to pull out troops in 3 areas near their hideouts. They backed off, but when done the abusayaff did not release their hostages instead added a new demand, to pull out all military forces and even government officials in the whole areas of Sulu. So who would give in to this kind of demand, giving them to occupy and govern Sulu? Sulu is a part of the Philippines and the government would not allow any part of the Philippines to be governed separately especially by this kind of lawless people. So, Sulu is in the state of emergency, civilians are being evacuated for an expected war against these kidnappers, to rescue the victims.
• Davao, Philippines
31 Mar 09
ASG don't mind what the feelings of their captives. They will cut the heads of any individual if the government won't grant their request. They don't have any justice. they have their own justice that always violates the law of the land. They always do this as their ways to be know and catch the attention of the country. I think must do their move to solve this crisis.
1 Apr 09
Well, if the soldiers would back off, then who will rescue the hostages?... the abu sayyaf are bandits who do not honor anything... they say one thing and mean the other... so they should not be taken lightly... when the hostages are finally rescues... the government should seriously wage an all out war against them... if that would mean killing them all... then so be it... they have created a lot of problems and embarrassment to our country already...
• Quezon City, Philippines
1 Apr 09
I really do not know who to really blame in the situation. Military want a swift resolution to this crisis but then there are some in the government that want to back off to pave way for a peaceful resolution of the situation. Both have points for the military they should not allow themselves from being bullied by the criminals. Giving them a leeway would also mean that these criminals would be bolder again when they could just get away and not giving them a lesson. For the other parties of course the softer approach is a much more amenable for the safety of the hostages taken. But, I believe that this would just pave for the criminals to perpetuate their activity in their place. I just hope there is a real less violent means we could do about this as the hostage takers seem to becoming more unreasonable each day they hold their hostages.
31 Mar 09
I think if they were seriously thinking of offing one of the hostages they would have done that by now. This inaction should put up the hostages chances of surviving this ordeal. If the government had also serious plans to give in to the terrorist's demand of a pullout of troops they also would have done that earlier, as it is the government's hands are tied in this case. Let us just pray that the ending to this sad situation will be soon and that both sides will soon be more agreeable and come to terms.