Philippines Kidnappings

Freed ICRC worker Notter arrives in Manila – TV report

A GMA Flash Report said Notter is set to leave the country Tuesday evening and return to Switzerland.

The report said Notter arrived from southern Philippines at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 (NAIA-2) about 3 p.m.

He was welcomed by Swiss Ambassador Peter Sutter, Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) chair Sen. Richard Gordon and PNRC Fund Generation Department director Gwendolyn Pang.

Notter will leave Philippine soil about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and head for Hong Kong, where he will ride a connecting flight to Switzerland.

Notter, Italian Eugenio Vagni, and Filipino Mary Jean Lacaba were abducted by Abu Sayyaf bandits on January 15 in Sulu province. Lacaba was released on April 2 and Notter walked a free man on April 18 after 93 days in captivity.

It was not clear whether Notter was rescued by local police or released by his captors. Still being held captive is Vagni. – Sophia Dedace with Katrina Francisco, GMANews.TV

MANILA, Philippines – Freed International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) volunteer Andreas Notter arrived in Manila on Tuesday, a television report said.