Ex-education official’s wife, grandson abducted PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 07 September 2015 11:53

The wife of a former schools division superintendent in Zamboanga Sibugay and their grandson were seized by gunmen in Bangkerohan, Ipil at noon yesterday.

Abducted were Isabel Agpawa Muyargas and her grandson Kyle Ahmad, 5.

Police said that Muyargas and the boy were inside their house Purok Neptune, Bangkerohan, Ipil when gunmen armed with assault rifles and handguns broke in and grabbed them.

It was learned that the victims were brought to the shore where two pumpboats with gnmen were waiting.

Muyargas and the boy were forced to board one of the two pumpboats that sped towards Bucana, Sarok-Sarok, Magdaup, Ipil.

Right after the incident, troopers of the Zamboanga Sibugay Public Safety Company led by Supt. William Gadayan and other police and military units went on hot pursuit operations in an attempt to rescue the victims.

Naval boats were dispatched to establish blocking forces off Sibugay to prevent the kidnappers from bringing the victims to Sulu or Basilan.

Isabel’s husband, Manuel, was schools superintendent in Sibugay and also in Zamboanga City.

The abduction of Muyargas and her grandson came six months after the mayor of Naga, Zamboanga Sibugay, Gemma Adana,  was snatched by five gunmen at her home near the shore.

Reports earlier said Adana was brought to Sulu, where currently government forces are tracking down Abu Sayyaf militants holding other hostages, including two Malaysians.

Before Adana’s  abduction, two teachers were kidnapped in Talusan town of the same province in March.

The police had blamed the teachers abduction, during which they were dragged to a waiting motorboat that sped off in an unknown direction, on members of the Abu Sayyaf militant group.

Kidnap-for-ransom gangs frequently operate in the Zamboanga peninsula region - Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay and Zamboanga City.

Police sources say the gangs turn their captives over to the Abu Sayyaf and negotiate for a ransom that, if paid, is shared with the group.

The kidnappers use isolated sea-lanes and coastal areas to grab their victims, who are then held captive in isolated Muslim villages in the peninsula. – Dan Toribio Jr.