Sulu Abus release Zambo mechanic PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 August 2014 11:36

A government employed mechanic seized by the al-Qaeda linked Abu Sayyaf group on August 15 in the province of Sulu arrived here onThursday after he was released unharmed Wednesday night.

Ronald Pelegrin, 39, appeared in good shape, when he was interviewed by RMN Radio Station’s Bhong Simbajon.

Pelegrin did not talk much about his captivity and release except to say that he was treated well by his captors.

Authorities were silent on whether or not ransom was paid for Pelegrin’s freedom.

Pelegrin was abducted from his sleeping quarters at the Sulu provincial government compound, where his assistant, Dante Avila, 29, was shot dead while trying to escape when Abu Sayyaf  gunmen broke into the compound.

Pelegrin’s family said the mechanic was freed at the village of Danag, Patikul town around 10:30 p.m.

Pelegrin reunited with his wife Emily and their children at their residence in this city.

A police source said Pelegrin was left alone in an isolated place in Danag village where he rode a passenger jeepney that took him to Jolo town, the capital of Sulu.

The source said  Peligrin was brought to the residence of Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan in the vilalge of Asturias, Jolo where officials arranged for his trip to Zamboanga City.

In another development, a government midwife was seized by Abu Sayyaf gunmen on Aug. 14 in Barangay Lihbug Kabaw, Panglima Estino, Sulu.

A police intelligence source said the victim is Lailani Bernabe, a midwife at the Luuk District Hospital.

The source said Bernabe was seized by Abu Sayyaf gunmen while she was on her way to work.

The abductors and their hostage fled towards Bud Bagsak, Talipao, Sulu.

More than 300 Abu Sayyaf militants, split into factions, remain active in Sulu.

The militants still hold several Filipino and foreign captives in their jungle bases, according to the military.

Since 1991, the Abu Sayyaf — armed with mostly improvised explosive devices, mortars and automatic rifles — has carried out bombings, kidnappings, assassinations and extortions in a self-determined fight for an independent Islamic province in the Philippines.

It is notorious for beheading victims after ransoms have failed to be paid for their release.

Abu Sayyaf and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) have recently pledged support to the Islamic State (IS), a militant group formerly known as ISIS that has seized parts of Syria and Iraq, in videos posted on Youtube.

The IS links, however, have yet to be verified by the military. — With report from Allen Abastillas