Statement of Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Secretary Ramon A. Carandang:
On the peaceful resolution of the Agusan del Sur hostage taking
[April 6, 2011]
We are very pleased about the peaceful resolution of the hostage taking at Agusan del Sur. Throughout the ordeal, the safety of the victims was President Aquino’s paramount concern and he is happy to know that they are safe and free. We would like to thank everyone who contributed to the peaceful outcome, most notably Governor Adolf Edward Plaza, Mayor Albin Magdamit, PNP Chief Raul Bacalzo, provincial social welfare officer Josefina Bajade, and the local crisis management committee composed of the local PNP, the AFP, and the National Commission for Indigenous Peoples. We would especially like to thank DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo, who flew to Agusan on the instructions of the President to personally oversee the negotiations. The cooperation of the local government leaders and the community, the national government, and the media was instrumental in obtaining the release of the hostages.