Kidnapped Labuan bizwoman released PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 23 April 2011 14:49

A Zamboangueña businesswoman, who was seized by kidnappers outside the family house in Labuan on March 3, was released by her captors in R.T. Lim municipality, Zamboanga Sibugay early yesterday morning.

Olivia Angeles Barredo,37, was abandoned along the highway in R.T. Lim and was found by some people who recognized her and put her into a passenger van that brought her to the house of her husband’s family in Manicahan.

Olivia arrived in Manicahan before noon time where she was met by District 2 Congressman Erbie A. Fabian, a second cousin of her husband, City Police Director Sr. Supt. Edwin Deocampo and some family members.

Barredo told Fabian and Deocampo that she was released by her kidnappers along the highway in RT Lim.

Fabian said he was one of those who were called by Olivia’s husband to proceed to Manicahan to meet the freed hostage.

Olivia told Fabian that she was blindfolded almost all the time when she was in captivity and was put to a pumpboat ride several times, apparently to prevent detection by pursuing government forces out to rescue her.

Fabian said it was not known whether ransom was paid or not.
However it was possible, Fabian said that Olivia was freed out of humanitarian consideration because the kidnappers thought she was on the family way.

The congressman said Olivia’s husband had pleaded to the kidnappers over the phone to be very careful with his wife because she was pregnant.

“The kidnappers appear to have believed the the husband’s words,” said Fabian.
Police said that Olivia was in good physical condition, except that she was complaining of being tired because of the travel from R.T. Lim to Zamboanga City.

Barredo was seized by four gunmen outside their residence in Labuan in the evening of March 3. She and her husband were alighting from their pickup truck  after coming from their drug store when the gunmen blocked their path and grabbed her at gunpoint. The kidnappers shot her relatives but missed. — Dan Toribio Jr.