CPOC, CMC tackle Lunsmann abduction PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 14:37

The City Peace and Order Council and the Crisis Management Committee headed by Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday afternoon sought to find ways and means to fast track the resolution of the Tictabon abduction incident that involves a Zambonguena, who holds a US passport and two members of her family.

The meeting likewise tackled the spate of shooting incidents which authorities say are mostly motivated by personal grudge. Other issues discussed included the drug problem in Recodo, the overall peace and order situation in the city, the deployment of Riverine Batallion to Zamboanga, the peace and order situation in the neighboring provinces of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi and the proposed reorganization of the Zamboanga City Police Office.

The council cited the need for a strong coordination between the authorities of Zamboanga and their counterparts in the provinces as the victims were reported to have been brought to the island province of Basilan.

As of press time, neither the abductors nor the victims have established contacts with the authorities.
Forty-two-year-old Gerspa Yeats Lunsmann, her 14-year old son Kevin Eric—who are on vacation in the city since June 29 and her 19 year old nephew from Basilan were abducted by some 14 armed men from the Lunsmann rest house in Tictabon Island around 3 am Tuesday and were reportedly brought to the province of Basilan.
Lunsmann and her son were supposed to return to Virginia, USA via Manila yesterday afternoon.

Aside from the regular members of the CPOC and CMC, also attending the meeting yesterday were representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Tigtabon barangay chairman Hadji Mohammad Nur Attang, top officials from the Regional Police Office, Naval Forces Western Mindanao, National Intelligence Coordinating Agency, Western Mindanao Command,  Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Liga ng Barangay chair and Councilor Abdurahman Nuno, officials from the business sector and other concerned officials. — Sheila Covarrubias