Troops foil kidnap try on Basilan bizman PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 March 2015 11:44

ISABELA CITY, Basilan, — Soldiers of the Army’s 4th Special Forces and militiamen foiled an attempt on Sunday  to kidnap a businessman in Malamaw island, this city, a military official disclosed Monday.

Safely rescued although injured was Ramon Sanson, Jr., 56, a copra dealer and a resident of Barangay Santa Barbara, Malamawi Island.

Lt. Col. Eliglen Villaflor, 4th Special Forces commander, said Sanson was seized at his residence around 6:30 p.m. Sunday by seven gunmen clad in camouflage uniforms.

Villaflor said Sanson’s kidnapping was foiled after his neighbors, who heard the call for help by the victim and his family, immediately informed the nearby Civilian Active Auxiliary (CAA) patrol base “of the on-going crime.”

Villaflor said that troops from the patrol base led by a certain Cpl. Hingosa responded and intercepted the gunmen who were dragging Sanson into a waiting motorized banca.

“Guided with the Rule of Engagement and concern for the safety of the kidnap victim, the team of Cpl. Hingosa engaged the abductors in a firefight by delivering deliberate and selective fires to avoid collateral damage to the community caught in a firefight,” Villaflor said.

He said the kidnappers scampered and left behind Sanson. They boarded a motorized banca and fled.

He said the kidnappers have beaten Sansom black and blue as he persistently resisted while being dragged by the gunmen.

Investigation is on-going in a bid to establish the kidnappers’ identities while combined military and police forces are tracking down their whereabouts.