Philippine govt. gets tough with kidnappers

PROSPERIDAD, Philippines, Dec 12, (AFP) -Tribal gunmen holding dozens of people captive in a Philippine jungle were given a firm warning by the government today as the crisis entered a third day.

The small group of gunmen raided a school in the Agusan valley region of the southern island of Mindanao on Thursday and took 75 hostages, including children as well as relatives of their leader's local rival. Twenty-eight hostages, including 18 children were later freed.

“I outlined to them a certain scenario that would happen if they refused to release the remaining hostages,” Josefina Bajade, the chief government negotiator in the crisis, told AFP.

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