The Filipino civilian, Angelo de la Cruz, who was taken hostage in Iraq earlier this month has been released unharmed. He was taken to the UAE
Embassy in Baghdad today, and from there turned over to the Philippine Embassy.
His captors demanded the removal of Philippine troops from Iraq as a condition of his release. In a move decried as "caving to terrorists," the
government pulled its troops from the war-torn country.
A Filipino truck driver held hostage in Iraq for two weeks has been freed unhurt, a day after Manila withdrew its troops in response to demands from
kidnappers who had threatened to behead him.
The United States, Australia and Iraq's interim government have accused Manila of caving in to terrorists, but Philippine President Gloria Macapagal
Arroyo defended the decision and said the father of eight did not deserve to die.
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Mr. de la Cruz was driven to the UAE Embassy and told to "go inside." There had been no advance notice that he would be released today, and his
arrival at the embassy surprised authorities.
The Philippines pulled its 51 humanitarian troops from Iraq yesterday.
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