MANILA, July 18, 2011â€”An official of the Catholic Bishopsâ€™ Conference of the Philippines is appealing for the liberation of kidnap victims in Zamboanga City and urged the public to pray for their safety.
Kalookan Bishop Deogracias IÃ±iguez, chair of the CBCPâ€™s Public Affairs Committee, said that while authorities are trying to rescue the victims, people should accompany their efforts with prayers.
â€œLetâ€™s pray for them and the victims. We hope that this will be resolved soon,â€ said IÃ±iguez.
Last week, around 14 armed men abducted Filipino-American Gerfa Yeatts Lunsmann, 50, her son Kevin Eric, and a nephew, Romnick Jackaria, 19, at a resort in Tictabon Island, near the cityâ€™s southern port.
Although the captors are still unidentified, authorities have already established contacts with them and have demanded $10 million ransom money.
â€œI donâ€™t know if they (kidnappers) would still listen to this appeal but, still, we want to appeal to their conscience that they release the innocent victims,â€ said IÃ±iguez.
The military said Abu Sayyaf bandits are behind the kidnapping after the victims were reportedly brought to Sumisip town in Basilan, a known lair of the Al-Qaeda-linked group. [CBCPNews]