M’danao hostage crises show govt impotence – analysts

MANILA, Philippines - The government has failed in coming up with both short and long term solutions to the spate of kidnappings in Mindanao as exemplified by the abduction of three Red Cross workers by the Abu Sayyaf, according to analysts. 

Ramon Casiple, executive director of the Institute for Political and Economic Reform, said the government’s local committee was handling the hostage situation “badly” because it lacked clear and specific tactics in securing the captives’ freedom. 

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