Lawyer’s son abducted, then freed 4 hours after PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 22 March 2014 11:57

The son of a lawyer was abducted yesterday morning by five unidentified men who brought him to Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay where he was released in the afternoon for still unknown reason.

Basil Brice G. Bernardo, son of Atty. Grace Bernardo, was seized around 10:45 a.m.beside the Zamboanga City Medical Center where he is undergoing practicum as Radiation Technology student of the Universidad de Zamboanga (UZ).

Bernardo told the police he was dragged to a white van which brought them to Ipil.

Policemen led by Insp. Raul Clavecilla recovered Bernardo at the Jollibee Ipil Branch around 3 p.m.

Investigators were still checking on what really happened to Bernardo, whether it was a case of kidnap-for-ransom or abduction for some other reasons. Police were also trying to find the reason why the victim was released some fours after he was snatched.

Unconfirmed report said Bernardo was freed because the abductors took pity on him.

The incident renewed fears of abduction or kidnapping among residents. It happened 10 days after kidnappers released teacher Cathy Mae Casipong also in Ipil last March 11.

Casipong, a teacher of the Sibuktu Elementary School in Limaong was freed after almost three months in captivity.

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,

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.

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.

A day later on February 22, kidnappers released two Fil-Algerian sisters after several months in captivity in Sulu.

On March 3, kidnappers struck again victimizing three minors and a family driver in Jolo, Sulu. The abduction took place fronting Sharp Tailoring in Barangay Alat, Jolo before 7 a.m.

Mohammad Zaher Nain y Jajurie, 11, a Grade 5 pupil and son of Dr. Faranahz Jajurie y Intimani, the municipal health officer of Jolo, Alyza Farah Karanain y Jajurie, 8, Grade 2 pupil, Almalyn Abuhail, 17, all students of Notre Dame School and their driver Sadam Amlih, 24, married, were released last March 11 a week after they were seized by gunmen in Jolo.

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 Jolo. They are still in captivity.