Palace monitors Agusan del Sur kidnapping

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Sunday, April 3, 2011

MANILA -- Malacañang on Sunday assured the safety of 16 individuals kidnapped in Agusan del Sur on Friday.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said Malacañang continues to monitor the development of the kidnapping.

"The negotiations resumed this morning at 10. The tribesmen who took the hostages were demanding food, water, and it was provided to them," Valte said in a radio interview.

"At this point, we are closely monitoring the situation," she added.

The Palace spokesperson said Malacañang is confident that the incident will be resolved peacefully.

"Our paramount concern is the safety of the hostages especially the two minors who were kidnapped," she stressed.

Some 16 individuals were held by the Perez kidnap gang who demanded for the release of several of its members detained at Agusan del Sur Provincial Jail. (Jill Beltran/Sunnex)

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