Philippine government's mercy plea

The Philippine government has made a direct appeal to insurgents holding a Filipino hostage, pleading with them to show mercy for the man they pledged to kill if the country did not agree to pull its troops from Iraq early. The appeal came hours after Iraq's interim president lashed out at guerrillas who have killed hundreds of Iraqis in recent months and promised to use a "very sharp sword" against anyone threatening Iraq's security. Philippine Under-secretary of Foreign Affairs Rafael Seguis went on the Arab television station Al-Jazeera in an effort to secure Angelo dela Cruz's release.

13/07/2004

Bron : The Times Online

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