2 US citizens’ fate unknown; kidnapped resto owner dead? PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 July 2011 17:03

The fate and whereabouts of two US citizens  — mother and son — remain unknown more than 24 hours after they were snatched by gunmen at their resort house in Tictabon Island, this city last Tuesday.

This developed as two police officials revealed that they have received separate reports that Lario Tam De los Santos, the owner of a restaurant and resort in Isabela City who was kidnapped last year, has died in captivity in Basilan.

Chief Supt. Bienvenido Latag, police regional director of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, told newsmen yesterday that he has received an unconfirmed report that Delos Santos died of diabetes complication.

However Latag said he is still validating this report and carefully checking on its veracity.
Basilan Police Provincial Director Sr. Supt. Alex B. Lineses also said that he has received similar report that Delos Santos died last February.

“We are still validating that report,” Lineses emphasized, stressing that there is no concrete evidence to support the claim.
Delos Santos was seized at his resort in Barangay Lanote, Isabela City last year.Two men had checked in at Delos Santos’ Farmland resort-hotel while their five
companions waited for signal aboard a Tamaraw van.

Police said the two men inside the hotel seized Delos Santos at gunpoint and dragged him to a Toyota Tamaraw van. Delso Santos resisted but was pistol whipped.
The kidnappers are believed to be Abu Sayyaf followers of Puruji Indama.

Meanwhile, Latag said he cannot confirm nor deny that the latest kidnap victims —  two US citizens Gerfa Yeats Lunsmann and son Kevin Eric —  were taken to Basilan.
“We are checking all areas in Basilan and our troops together with the military  are combing the province to know their whereabouts,” Latag said.
Zamboanga Sibugay Gov. Rommel Jalosjos said he has received an unconfirmed report that the mother and son were brought to Naga, Sibugay.
“We are validating that report,” Jalosjos said.— Allen Abastillas