Abus free trader in Sulu PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 23 July 2011 14:14

Abu Sayyaf guerrillas on Thursday freed a Filipino-Chinese merchant they kidnapped more than two months ago in Jolo, Sulu, police said.
The kidnappers released 67-year-old trader Nelson Lim to Jolo Vice Mayor Edsir Tan, according to ARMM police director Chief Supt. Bienvenido Latag.
Latag, said Lim appeared to be alright but he remained in the hospital for medical attention.

Quoting report from the Sulu police provincial office, Latag said Lim was handed over by his captors to the vice mayor at about 11:30 p.m.
Director Felissimu Khu, chief of Directorate for Integrated Police Operations for Western Mindanao, said the police are yet to determine whether ransom has been paid or not.

Lim who owns Jolo’s oldest and famous carinderia refused to issue statement to media. His son who speaks the Tausug dialect fluently told police that what is important now for the family is that he is alive.

Tan also owns Jolo Times hardware.
Latag said Lim was seized by suspected ASG members on April 29 near his home in Barangay Bus-Bus, Jolo town.

He was whisked away by his captors on board an outrigger and believed to have been kept in the mountains of islands around Jolo town.
Latag said police are tracking down the group of ASG sub-commander Jurim Hussin who was identified as the leader of the kidnap group by the intelligence community in Sulu.

Latag also ordered town police chiefs to intensify anti-kidnapping operations.