Amid all the “controversies” these days — from Dr. Vicki Belo‘s former flame Dr. Hayden Kho‘s sex video scandal to the two confirmed cases of A H1N1 in the country to Brillante Mendoza‘s amazing win as Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival, it seems that we don’t hear of any updates with regard to the six teachers that are still being held hostage in Basilan, Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
I find this very, very unfortunate.
While it’s true that to not talk much about the hostage taking may be good for the government’s strategy to retrieve the hostages, one cannot also help but think if all the “current controversies” merely “cover” the more important and more pressing issues.
Last I heard, there’s a Basilan crisis management committee that’s handling the matter. I really hope they’re doing their job — school is about to start and I’m sure these teachers would have wanted to be with their students. And I’m praying that none of the teachers is in bad health condition or is ill.
These six teachers (Freires Quizon, Raphael Mayonado, Janette de los Reyes, Noemi Mandi, Jocelyn Inion and Jocelyn Enriquez), who are allegedly being held hostage by the Abu Sayyaf, have been in captivity for five long months now.
What about you…do you think that the government is doing its job in trying to save these Filipino teachers?