Zamboangueño worker abducted in Sulu freed PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 July 2014 13:40

Remigio Lingayan, one of the two Zamboangueños kidnapped in Patikul, Sulu last June, was released unharmed in Sulu at past 11 a.m. yesterday.

His brother-in-law Joselito Gonzales, however, could not be located. He was said to have separated from Lingayan during an encounter between government troops and Abu Sayyaf gunmen holding them sometime last month.

The release was made possible through negotiations by Lingayan’s relatives with the support of police and military authorities and the Office of Sulu Vice Gov. Sakur Tan.

Lingayan’s wife Analiza together with four members of her family proceeded to Jolo yesterday morning where they met with Remigio after the latter was retrieved by personnel from the vice governor’s office. Remigio underwent medical check-up and stress debriefing conducted by military and police authorities at the town proper.

As this developed, Mayor Beng Climaco expressed a sigh of relief and thanked police and military authorities, the office of the Sulu Vice Governor and all other individuals who helped the family in negotiating for the release of Lingayan.

Climaco has coordinated with Western Mindanao Command Chief Lt.Gen. Rustico Guerrero, 2nd Marine Brigade Commander BGen. Martin Pinto and Naval Forces Western Mindanao Command Chief Commodore Reynaldo Yoma for the immediate return of the freed kidnap victim to Zamboanga City.

Lingayan, 50, and Gonzales—all from Tumaga, this city, were working in a construction company owned by Engr. Bayih in Maimbung, Sulu when they were abducted by heavily armed men last June 4. Lingayan, a plumber together with Gonzales were installing water pipes along the road when they were taken against their will by the captors.

Mayor Climaco upon learning of the kidnapping incident in Sulu last month has requested Tan to secure the release of the victims even as the city government has exerted efforts to assist in the rescue efforts following official protocols which guide the LGU’s response to kidnapping incidences.

Climaco then assured that the City coordinates with both the security forces, and the local government of Sulu. She further underscored that, as in the kidnapping case of teacher Cathy Casipong, it is the police and the military forces who respond to the situation directly, while the office of the mayor assists their efforts.

The LGU, through the City Social Welfare and Development Office also provides social assistance to the victims’ families in times of crisis situations. — Sheila Covarrubias