He answered, “I don’t know, am I my brother’s keeper? (Genesis 4:9)

We, the PIME Missionaries in the Philippines, are asking now “Where is our brother Giancarlo Bossi?”
He was abducted last June 10 in Payao, Zamboanga, Sibugay. Since then, we were told that he would be released within few hours, within few days…
We were told that both the government forces and the MILF contacts have been monitoring all possible areas, all possible armed groups, and all possible witnesses, even the most secret hide outs, using the latest high-tech devices.
We were told that emissaries  were sent with cell phones to verify if he is alive, we were told that medicines had been provided for his hypertension, we were told he is well alive riding a horse. We were told that the kidnappers are asking for 15 million pesos…..

But when we tried to verify all these reports we have come to the conclusion that they are all false reports.
Military, civilian and religiuos authorities asked  for a “proof of life”,  but so far there is no proof of life, no clear identification of the kidnappers, no confirmed sighting, no demand for ransom, no declaration of purpose for this sudden abduction.
We know that Giancarlo cannot disappear like a ghost. He is too big and must be difficult to hide him.

We are very worried about him
We know for a fact that his captors are a large armed group who certainly have cell phones and connections with various influential personalities and organizations. Why can’t they be identified?  Why can’t they declare their purpose?
By now, we feel this is a vicious drama, the false reports are part of the drama, and those who make these  stories know that they are only deceiving the public. Why????? 
Is this an attempt to cover up for some other purpose?

We have received many statements of concern and many sincere people of all faiths are joining in prayer. We are very grateful to everyone of them. We were touched by the statement of the Consortium of the Bangsamoro Civil Society (CBCS) who asked a question “Who gains from the kidnapping of a priest?”
Their question certainly deserves an answer. The common people can already see through so many lies.

We are convinced that several people and organizations know the truth. Why do they reply like Cain, “I DON’T KNOW!  AM I MY BROTHER’S KEEPER?” Or are they the ones who are responsible for what happened to Giancarlo, as Cain was responsible to what happened to Abel?????
We still  believe, hope  and pray that Giancarlo is alive. We pray also that among those who know what really happened, someone can tell the truth. As Jesus said “the truth will make you free”. Likewise Allah, the  Merciful and the Beneficent, cannot stand deceivers, he is a lover of truth.

The PIME Missionaries
June 29,2007