Kidnappers of businesswoman, daughter demand P30M ransom PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 May 2014 14:03

The kidnappers of a Chinese businesswoman and her daughter have demanded P30 million ransom in exchange for the freedom of the two hostage

The ransom demand was relayed by the kidnappers through a mobile phone call made Saturday morning to the son of Dina Lim Eraham, who together with daughter Yayong Lim Tan, were snatched by 10 gunmen at their Dalby Videoke House and Refreshment Parlorat I. Magno Extension, Port Area, Isabela City, Thursday night.

Police said the kidnappers called the businesswoman’s son around 8 a.m.

The Basilan Police Provincial Office has formed Task Force Dalby to work for the rescue of the mother and daughter.

Dina Lim Eraham, 45, and Yahong, 19, single, both Chinese nationals, were at their business establishment around 9:30 p.m. when 10 gunmen broke in and seized them.

Mrs. Daniela Hadji y Alip, who is living near Dalby Videoke House and Refreshment Parlor, told police investigators that around 9:25 p.m while she was busy attending to her eight-month daughter, she saw two motorized pumpboats come ashore particularly fronting a mosque and some 60 meters away from Dalby’s.

She said several persons clad in camougreen uniform and armed with high powered firearms alighted from the pumpboats and hurriedly walked towards the bar.

After a few minutes, she said, the gunmen returned along with two persons she noticed as the mother and daughter.

Other witnesses told the police that the kidnappers brought the victims to Lampinigan Island in Barangay Panigayan, Malamawi Island.

Relatives have not received yet  any word from the kidnappers as of press time.

Thursday night’s kidnapping came less than two months after a school principal was freed by Moro gunmen in Sumisip, Basilan.

Benita Latonio, 60, principal of Manggal Elementary School, was freed was abducted at gunpoint by five masked men on March 31.

Latonio was forcibly taken by the gunmen while on board a passenger jeepney at Sitio Mompol in Libug village, Sumisip town. The jeep was headed to Isabela City when it was flagged down by the gunmen. – Richard Falcatan