"Immediate resolve" political abduction: Philippine president

18:52, June 23, 2010      

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Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has ordered Defense Secretary Norberto Gonzales and Interior Secretary Ronaldo Puno to "immediately resolve" the abduction of the son of a Commission on Elections (Comelec) official in the Southern Philippines.

Executive Secretary Leandro Mendoza said in a news briefing on Wednesday that the president issued the directive at the cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

"She gave instructions to immediately resolve this issue. The victim is the son of a very high-ranking Comelec official who is actually supervising the partial elections in Lanao province," Mendoza said.

Nuraldin Yusopf, son of Comelec commissioner Elias Yusoph, was kidnapped on Sunday night by a group allegedly seeking the revocation of election results in certain municipalities in Lanao del Sur.

Comelec Chair Jose Melo told reporters, "We hope that there'll be a peaceful solution to it. But on the part of the Comelec, there will be no negotiation with the kidnappers on their demands. "

He said the Comelec would not offer a reward to those who can provide information that would lead to the capture of the suspects as "the more you do these things, the more it is blown out of proportion."

"We are just doing our job and we know that it is part of the machination of some losing political factions," he said.

Source: Xinhua


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