PNP-ARMM intensifies search, for 1 more kidnapped DSWD worker PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 14:19

Police in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Monday intensified its efforts to rescue, through peaceful means, the fourth social welfare worker seized by the extremist Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in Talipao, Sulu last week.

The heavily armed ASG is still holding Roberto Saputalo, a social welfare worker of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD-ARMM), in the hinterlands of Talipao, according to reports from Sulu police provincial director Senior Supt. Abraham Orbita.

Four social workers, namely, Lerma Jura; couple Nurhati Sicangco, coordinator for Talipao of the DSWD’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), and her husband Agusto; and Saputalo, were conducting survey for 4Ps when the ASG flagged down the vehicle they were riding in Barangay Sinupaan Thursday.

Lerma, sensing something wrong, quietly fled from the group and walked for about a kilometer until village officials found her.

The victims were brought to the hinterlands of Talipao and the Sicangco couple was freed Saturday.

No ransom was paid but police learned the family paid “board and lodging fee” to the kidnappers.

ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman has ordered the local government officials in Talipao to secure the release of the remaining victim without paying any ransom as a matter of government policy.