ESPERON BRAGS THAT U.S. IS HELPING SEARCH FOR BOSSI. HOW ABOUT BURGOS??
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THE TREATMENT BY THE PHILIPPINE MILITARY OF A KIDNAPPED OR KILLED FOREIGNER IS VERY DIFFERENT FROM THE WAY THEIR TREAT A KIDNAPPED OR KILLED FILIPINO. BECAUSE GIANCARLO BOSSI HAPPENS TO BE ITALIAN, TOP OFFICIALS LIKE ESPERON, CALDERON AND EVEN THE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES HERSELF IS INVOLVED IN THE EFFORTS TO TRACK HIM DOWN.
CONTRAST THIS WITH THE DISAPPEARANCE OF JONAS JOSEPH BURGOS WHO WERE ABDUCTED BY ARMED MEN OVER TWO MONTHS AGO, WE NEVER EVEN HEAR THE PRESIDENT ISSUE AN ORDER TO THE AUTHORITIES TO DEPLOY THOUSANDS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS IN AN EFFORT TO FIND HIM.
ORDINARY FILIPINOS ARE ACTUALLY BEING TREATED AS SECOND CLASS CITIZENS IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY, A SAD FACT THAT REFLECT ON THE DEEPLY INGRAINED COLONIAL MENTALITY EVEN AMONG THE SO-CALLED EDUCATED AND CULTURED TOP ECHELON OF SOCIETY.
US helping search for kidnapped priest -- Esperon
Kelley on abduction: ‘Outrageous’
By Maila Ager
Last updated 04:50pm (Mla time) 06/11/2007
MANILA, Philippines -- The United States is providing technical support for efforts to rescue kidnapped Italian priest Giancarlo Bossi, the Armed Forces chief said Monday, as American Ambassador Kristie Kenney called the abduction “outrageous.”
General Hermogenes Esperon Jr. and Philippine National Police Director General Oscar Calderon met with President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in Malacañang to discuss the efforts to track down Bossi.
“We also have some of our aircrafts flying all over. Tumutulong pati US sa [The US is also helping with the] technical [side] so we hope to get something” he said.
Bossi, 57, was seized from Payao town in Zamboanga Sibugay province on Sunday.
“I think it’s outrageous,” Kenney, who was also at the Palace, told reporters.
“I think the citizens in this country, whether they are Filipinos or foreigners, should feel free to go about the wonderful work they are doing…absolutely free from [any] threat of kidnapping or abduction. It has no place in civilian society,” she said.
“I hope he is returned safely and I hope those responsible are absolutely brought to face justice,” she added.
Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said Malacañang has ordered authorities to find and secure Bossi as soon as possible.
In fact, he said, an Orion surveillance aircraft has been sent to help find the priest.
“We even dispatched an Orion airplane to conduct an aerial surveillance because the report was he [Bossi] was taken out of the place where he was kidnapped by [a] boat that sailed going somewhere,” Ermita said.
Ermita did not discount the possibility the abduction could be the handiwork of Moro rebels, pointing out that there are splinter groups within the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
“Pwedeng [It could be] MILF. But they want to live up to their commitments in the peace
talks. Why would they do this now when peace talks are about to resume?” he said.
The MILF has denied seizing the priest, blaming instead a renegade commander, Akkidin Abdusalam alias Commander Kiddie, for what rebel spokesman Eid Kabalu was an “un-Islamic act.”
“So, if indeed these are MILF, then it could very well be like the other abductions, where they [victims] would be brought to Jolo. So we do not know. But that is always their modus operandi, they bring them to Jolo then go to Basilan,” Ermita said.
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