Update on Lunsmann abduction: CMC releases Jakaria’s photo PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 16 July 2011 16:23

The Crisis Management Committee yesterday released photos of Romrick (not Romnick) Jakaria, the 19 year old resident of Malamawi, Basilan supposedly abducted together with aunt Gerfa Lunsmann and her 14-year old son Kevin Eric in Tigtabon Tuesday dawn.

Mayor Celso Lobregat, CMC chair and City Police Director Sr. Supt. Edwin de Ocampo showed Jakaria’s snapshots in a press briefing yesterday afternoon as they revealed that Jakaria’s sister, Alma and some operatives were enroute to Malamawi to check on reports that Jakaria has separated from his two relatives and is in his barangay freely roaming around.

Mayor Lobregat said Alma, Gerfa’s contact whenever she goes to Tigtabon, received a brief phone call early yesterday morning informing about Romrick’s sightings in Malamawi that prompted her and the authorities to go sail to Basilan to find out about the report. Alma resides in a hut near Gerfa’s in Tigtabon where the abduction took place.

Testimonies from Tigtabon residents earlier showed that Romrick arrived in Tigtabon from Malamawi the night before the abduction took place dawn of July 12. Reports also say that he passed by his relatives in Arena Blanco prior to Tigtabon and informed that he is visiting her aunt Gerfa to seek financial assistance for the construction of his house in Malamawi. Reports likewise show that Jakaria was texting the whole night prior to the incident.

Jakaria is accordingly married and has an infant son. He used to work as a dispatcher in Basilan.
Mayor Lobregat hinted that that there might be some links between the earlier testimonies and recent reports concerning Jakaria. Nevertheless, he said, everything is being verified and a clearer picture would be known as soon as Alma comes back and reports about what she found out in Malamawi.
On the other hand, the CMC chair said there are no contacts and demands whatsoever as of yesterday, 3 days after the abduction.

He stressed that massive coordination and networking is being done between the CMC and law enforcement authorities and their counterparts in other places in the region and even outside the peninsula in a bid to determine the whereabouts of the victims and to identify and subsequently neutralize the abductors.

“The City Police Office and Task Force Zamboanga are busy linking up with the different operatives of the nearby provinces and municipalities,” the mayor said.
The US government has also not reported any communication received by Gerfa’s husband or any other Lunsmann relative in Virginia, USA, according to the chief executive.

“We can’t consider it anything else but abduction as of the moment,” he added.
De Ocampo stressed that reports concerning the incident continue to pour in from all sides but all these information are being validated and verified before any announcement or action can be made. — Sheila Covarrubias