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PIA Press Release
2009/10/21

Zambo Gov: CMC sole info source on Fr Sinnott's adbuction

Zamboanga City (21 October) -- Zamboanga del Sur Provincial Governor Aurora Enerio Cerilles appeals that every information regarding Fr. Michael Sinnott's abduction must come from the Crisis Management Committee (CMC).

In a press conference last October 17, 2009, Gov. Cerilles pointed out one report stating that Pagadian Bishop Msgr. Emmanuel Cabajar is said to be the negotiator to the abductors. "Msgr. Cabajar is only to facilitate delivery of medicines s of Fr. Sinnott," she corrected.

"We don't want to confuse the people. Everything must come from the Crisis Management Committee," the governor said. She added that CMC convenes every other day to discuss updates on the situation.

CMC member Major General Romeo Lustestica, commanding general of the 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division, also admitted to have received reports and updates on the situation from various agencies. "It is very difficult to take action on unverified and unconfirmed reports. We must be sure about the information because the life of Fr. Sinnott is at stake," he said.

The governor confessed that, "this is one case that's difficult to solve". Governor Cerilles added that the Crisis Management Committee has no contact with the abductors of the kidnapped Irish priest.

Cerilles strongly appeals to the abductors of Fr. Sinnott to allow delivery of his medicines.

The provincial government has distributed 10,000 flyers in the province, and in the coastal areas of Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur purposely to establish contact with the abductors and pave the way for the timely delivery of medicines to Fr. Sinnott, who has undergone a quadruple heart by-pass operation.

The governor offered her personal mobile number as hotline for the delivery of Fr. Sinnott's medicines, which is the immediate concern of the Crisis Management Committee. (PR pgo-ppb) [top]

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