Kidnappers free Ex-DepEd official’s wife, grandson PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 September 2015 11:47

By DAN TORIBIO and ALLEN ABASTILLAS

Gunmen on Monday released the wife of a retired education superintendent and her grandson less than 24 hours after they were snatched from their home in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay.

Chief Insp. Salvador Galvez, police chief of Vitali said that Isabel Muyargas and her five-year-old grandson Kyle were abandoned by kidnappers around 2 a.m. in Kabug Island, Barangay Tumitus, Zamboanga City, some 70 kilometers from where they were abducted in Ipil town, Zamboanga Sibugay province and also 70 kilometers from downtown Zamboanga City.

Muyargas and the boy were seized from their house in Barangay Bangkerohan, Ipil at noon time by men armed with assault rifles and handguns. They were dragged to the shore where they were forced to board one of two waiting pumpboats.

Galvez said around 2 p.m. Monday, Muyargas and the boy found themselves in the house of a village official who called the police to fetch them.

Police have no information on the circumstances behind  the release.

Muyargas is a retired teacher and her husband is a retired schools division superintendent in Zamboanga Sibugay.

The abduction came six months after two teachers were kidnapped in the same province before being taken to Sulu. One of the siblings was released in June, and officials blamed the case on the Abu Sayyaf.

Kidnap-for-ransom gangs frequently operate in Zamboanga Peninsula and the provinces of Sulu, Basilan and Tawi-Tawi.

They are known to hand over their captives 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 villages in the peninsula.