Posted by: kawagib | December 11, 2009

KAWAGIB condemns kidnapping, urge gov’t to resolve the issue

Cotabato City– An alliance organization that advances Moro Human Rights here or KAWAGIB condemns the kidnapping of Orlando Pajardo, Vice President of Basilan State College around 7:30 last night in Bgry. Sumagdang, Isabela City, Basilan at his house in front of the school he is serving.

Kidnapping of Pajardo took place following the recovery of severed head of Mark Singson, 9:00 pm at City Plaza of Isabela, Basilan. Singson, one of the four employees of High Tech Woodcraft Corp. kidnapped on Nov. 10 in Maluso, Basilan.

“We are saddened that while we observe the 61st International Human Rights Day, human rights violations at its worst forms are still prevailing. It is somehow disappointing that the government failed to resolve these problems. President Arroyo declared State of Lawlessness in Basilan and State of Emergency in Sulu but kidnapping did not stop, instead innocent moro civilians were illegally arrested”, Bai Ali Indayla, Secretary General of the group said.

“We condemn the kidnapping but we also urge the government specially the Local Government officials to seriously and sincerely resolve the kidnapping incidents. We doubt that kidnapping is for fund-raising of the politicians for the coming 2010 election”, Indayla added.

School teachers and businessmen become targets of the recent kidnapping in Sulu and Basilan. Last November, Canizares, a school principal in Sulu was kidnapped and beheaded by his abductors; his severed head found in a gasoline station in Jolo..

“We also fear that President Arroyo will maximize the issue to expand martial Law declaration in Maguindanao and use it to stay in power beyond 2010. What we need is for Pres. Arroyo to have atleast political will to resolve the issue” Indayla said.

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