Kidnappers release doc’s son, cousin, driver, helper in Sulu PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 14 March 2014 12:59

Suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits have released four people, including two children, abducted last week in Sulu, a military official said.

Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) information officer Capt. Maria Rowena Muyuela said released were: Mohamad Zaher Nain, 11; Alyza Farah Karanain, eight; Almalyn Abuhail, 17; and, Saddam Amlih, 24.

Nain is the son of Jolo Municipal Health Officer Dr. Faranazh Jajurie and Karanain is a relative while Amlih and Abuhail are the family driver and house helper, respectively.

Muyuela said the victims were freed around 4 p.m. Wednesday at the circumferential road in Barangay Latih, Patikul, Sulu.

The victims were seized March 3 in front of Sharp tailoring shop on General Arola St. in Barangay Alat, Jolo.

Amlih and Abuhail were picking up Nain and Karanain at the Jolo Notre Dame School when seven armed men dressed in “tablig” attire blocked their vehicle.

At gunpoint, the gunmen transferred the victims to a “Tamaraw” vehicle and sped toward the municipality of Patikul.

Meanwhile, Muyuela said the 2nd Marine Brigade in coordination with the Sulu Police Provincial Office is tracking down those behind the abduction of the four victims.

The abduction of the four came a week after two women were seized in Patikul, Sulu last February 23

The taking of the two women happened  less than 24 hours after kidnappers released two employees of the Sulu Provincial Engineer’s Office.

The two women were identified as Merilyn Suhali and Fatima Hussein, both natives of Jolo town.

Freed by kidnappers before the abduction of Suhali and Hussein were Jimal Adbilla, 30, and Kilder Sakandal, 45

Also on February 22, kidnappers released two Fil-Algerian sisters after several months in captivity. A day earlier, Sabrina Voon, daughter of a well-to-do family of Mercedes, Zamboanga City was grabbed by gunmen at their posh residence in that barangay.

On February 17,  Bonifacio Salinas and his wife Marie Claire, both employees of the Jolo Mainland Water District,  were snatched by gunmen outside their residence.

In Zamboanga Sibugay, Stephen Tan, 19, and engineering student, escaped from his captors a day after he was abducted in near Pagadian City.

The release of the four victims in SUlu came a day after a school teacher of Zamboanga City was freed by kidnappers in Sanito, Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay.

Cathy Mae Casipong, a public school teacher of the Sibuktu Elementary School in Limaong, was freed Tuesday night after almost three months in captivity.

Casipong was fetched by her relatives and government operatives and was brought to the camp of the Army’s 102nd  Brigade for her security and debriefing.

Hours later, Casipong was brought to the city and was taken to a hospital for check-up as a standard operating procedure for all freed kidnap victims.

Casipong was presented to the media by Mayor Climaco along with Col. Andrelino Colina of the Task Force Zamboanga, Acting City Police Director Chief Supt. Angelito Casimiro and other officials,

She cried as she thanked God, her family, the government and other authorities for the efforts exerted to gain her freedom,

Authorities said there was no ransom paid for the teacher’s release.

They said it was her relatives who negotiated and pleaded with the kidnappers for her freedom.

Casipong and two others were aboard a motorized pumpboat sailing from Sibuktuk Island on their way to Vitali proper when gunmen riding on another pumpboat seized her at gunpoint on December 18, 2013.

Before she was released, it was learned that the family of Casipong, sold their properties at P300,000 to give in to some initial demand of the kidnappers.

Authorities said the teacher’s kidnappers belong to a big-time kidnap-for-ransom group.

Casipong’s kidnapping came six months after a staff of the Western Mindanao State University’s Islamic Institute was released by kidnappers in Jolo, Sulu in July last year.

Alrashid Rojas, who was snatched in Campo Islam last June 22,  was dropped by his captors at the Jolo wharf He was picked up by authorities.

Rojas was held in captivity for almost two months by kidnappers with link to Talipao Abu Sayyaf Group of Idang Susukan who is believed to be the same captors of Zamboanga City kidnap victims Flordeliza Ongchua and Eddie Fabella whose kidnap cell still operates in the west coast of Zamboanga City.

Another Zamboangueña is still in the hands of kidnappers. Sabrina Voon, daughter of a well-to-do family of Mercedes, Zamboanga City was grabbed by gunmen at their posh residence on February 21.