Statement on the release of ICRC worker Andreas Notter
We are very much relieved that Andreas Notter is now out of harm’s way, and we are very happy and relieved for him and his family that after 92 days, he is finally now with us and alive. This is indeed an answered prayer for the country and the Philippine National Red Cross, especially among the volunteers who never gave up on him.
I have briefly spoken with him, and he was relieved that he is safe, alive and looks forward to returning to his normal life. Like many of us, Andreas is thankful to all the people who, in one way or another, have contributed efforts to secure his freedom since Day 1. We particularly commend the soldiers, policemen and local public officials for their efforts. We also thank those who offered prayers and sacrifices for him. Andreas, however, is very, very much concern over his colleague, Eugenio Vagni, who seriously needs immediate attention. We are again asking for prayers as we reiterate our appeal that Eugenio, along with other hostages, be also freed unharmed, unconditionally, and in soonest possible time.