In a press statement posted on its website, Alain Aeschlimann, the ICRC’s head of operations for East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific, Alain Aeschlimann, said "for Eugenio Vagni and Andreas Notter, their loved ones and the whole of the ICRC, the nightmare of this abduction is not over.”
"Once again, we ask that they remain unharmed. While we welcome this first positive move, especially after a very tense and difficult week, we reiterate our appeal to the kidnappers to let Eugenio Vagni and Andreas Notter go without delay and unconditionally,” Aeschlimann said.
Aeschlimann said the ICRC is grateful to “various high-ranking government officials for their efforts.”
“I would also like to thank our colleagues at the Philippine National Red Cross Society, in particular its Chairman Richard Gordon, for their unwavering support during this difficult time," said Aeschlimann.
"I hope that Eugenio Vagni and Andreas Notter will soon be home safe and sound, and that we will at last be able to hold them in our arms,” he said.
Lacaba, Notter of Switzerland and Vagni of Italy were abducted around noon of January 15 a few meters outside the provincial jail in Sulu. (MindaNews)