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Eugenio Vagni Finally Gains Freedom; Sulu Abus On The Run

July 12, 2009


The midnight oil is literally burning victoriously bright in Indanan Sulu as I write this with ABS-CBN  having just broken the story: after 6 months in captivity the freedom of International Red Cross worker Eugenio Vagni of Italy has been secured without a shot fired.

He’s going to be immediately flown to Manila several hours from now, apparently in time for Pres. Arroyo to present him to visiting US Central Intelligence Agency chief Leon Panetta.

The details about the release of Vagni are still sketchy but he was freed at around 12:30 a.m. also hours after Armed Forces Chief of Staff Victor Ibrado flew down to Sulu.

This is was the trade-off was, it appears: Albader Parad and his men were given PhP-50,000 pesos.

It is yet unclear if the military released the two wives of Parad, Rowena “Honey” Aksan and Nursima “Simang” Annudden, in a prisoner swap deal.

The two women had earlier been “taken into custody” in Sulu reportedly after last week’s bombing incident.


Padad and his still heavily armed men still numbering several dozen based on last estimates will now have to melt into the mountains of Indanan or perhaps blend into the civilian non-combatant population in Jolo to avoid capture.

Albader Parad

Just last week, the boys of Marine Major General Juancho Sabban, who heads the Southern Commnd’s anti-terror task force, captured the armory of Parad right inside Jolo.

These flurry of events culminating in Vagni’s release is a major blow to the Sulu component of the Abu Sayyaf.

The ASG elements in Basilan should fall next. Hail to the Troops!


Apart from Vagni’s release from captivity, Malacanang hasa just received news it’s been waiting for since the change of leadership at the Whitwe House: Pres. Arroyo is going to meet her American counterpart at the end of the month, right after she makes her final State Of the Nation Address:

Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo will meet with President Barack Obama at the White House on July 30.

The White House announced the visit Saturday as Obama wrapped up a weeklong trip to Russia, Italy and Ghana.

Obama and Arroyo will discuss ways to enhance cooperation between their countries on a variety of isues, including counterterrorism, climate change and the alliance between the U.S. and the Philippines.

Arroyo also will meet with other key government officials while in Washington.

The White House says she will be the first Southeast Asian leader to visit Washington under Obama’s administration. – AP

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