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Officials Assure U.S. on Bid to Free 2 Americans

January 03, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

The Philippine president assured a U.S. congressman that everything possible was being done to rescue an American missionary couple being held by Muslim extremists, an official said.

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo met late Tuesday with Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.), after he was briefed by the Philippine military about efforts to rescue Martin and Gracia Burnham of Wichita, Kan., said the press undersecretary, Roberto Capco.

The Burnhams and Filipina nurse Deborah Yap are being held on the southern island of Basilan by the Abu Sayyaf.

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