1 of 3 kidnapped boat crewmen freed in Sulu PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 16 July 2011 16:20

One of the three fishing boat crew who were kidnapped over three months ago off Sulu was released after the captive’s family paid ransom to the Abu Sayyaf bandits, a top police official disclosed Friday.

Directorate for Integrated Police Operations (DIPO)-West Director Felicisimo Khu said the victim, Jonald Ocsimar, was freed around 8 p.m. Wednesday in Barangay Buhanginan, Patikul, Sulu.

Ocsimar, the quarter master of the Mega 8 Light Boat, was kidnapped last March 19 along with his boat captain and assistant engineer namely Renato Panisales and Wennie Ferrer, respectively.

The victims who are working with a Zamboanga City-based fishing firm were fishing near Menes Island in Panglima Tahil municipality when they were kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf bandits led by Nasir Timbang.

Khu said Timbang’s group freed Ocsimar after his family reportedly paid P300,000 to the kidnappers.
They learned that some relatives of Ocsimar went last Tuesday to Barangay Kaunayan, Patikul and negotiated with the group of Timbang, he said.
Reports received by Khu’s office said that Timbang and his followers were seen bringing with them a hostage, who turned out to be Ocsimar, to Barangay Buhanginan, Patikul, a day after the negotiation took place.

Khu said a follow-up report received by his office disclosed that Ocsimar has reunited with his family Wednesday night.
Khu said they have no information concerning the fate of other two crew of the Mega 8 Light Boat who are still in captivity.