Kidnapped Zambo City bizwoman freed in Sulu PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 27 December 2014 15:17

A businesswoman kidnapped in Zamboanga City four months ago was freed on Christmas Eve in Sulu.

Released was Michelle Panes, 36, who was abducted allegedly by suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf in the evening of August 18 from the family-owned grocery in Barangay Labuan.

Col. Alan Arrojado, Joint Task Group Sulu commander, said Panes was released around 9 a.m. in Barangay Bilaan, Talipao, Sulu.

Arrojado said a civilian found Panes and brought her to the Joint Task Group Sulu headquarters in nearby Jolo, where she underwent medical check-up.

The armed men were allegedly after Panes’ husband, Noel, 34. But Noel resisted while he was being dragged into a motorized banca at the shore of Labuan. They then decided to bring his wife, Michelle.

Noel reportedly tried to rescue his wife, but failed.

Panes was flown to the city on Christmas Day to reunite with her family. — MN