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AFP joins search for Peace Corps worker

April 16, 2007 5:59pm
The Philippine military has joined the massive search for US Peace Corps volunteer Julia Campbell who has been missing for over a week in the northern Philippine province of Ifugao, a spokesman said Monday.

Already, a company from the Army’s 502nd Brigade under Col. Victor Felix is involved in the inter-agency group taking part in the search for Campbell, said Armed Forces information chief Lt. Col. Bartolome Bacarro.

Bacarro said the ground forces are being complemented by a number of Air Force helicopters which he said are conducting aerial search on ravines and river banks in the area.

Search efforts, however, have yet to produce positive results. "As of today (Monday), we still have no development but our efforts are continuing in coordination with the other agencies involved in the search for Ms. Campbell," Bacarro said.

The inter-agency group has divided Ifugao into quadrants where people involved in the search would be given an area of coverage where to conduct the search.

"This is to delineate the areas that can be search…so that our efforts would be covering more areas," Bacarro said.

Bacarro said the strategy would be to prevent a group from researching an area that has been already searched. "They (inter-agency group) have divided the area into quadrants so that the search would be organized."

"(We) would be providing assistance in terms of search and rescue…Some of our efforts will be focused in search and rescue operations," Bacarro said, adding that those involved in the search remain optimistic on the condition of Campbell.

Bacarro also said the military does not believe that Campbell had been abducted. "Kidnapping is one thing that is far from now. We have no feelers that would indicate there is kidnapping involved." - GMANews.TV
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