Abducted in Zambo, girl rescued in Sulu PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 03 July 2016 15:28

By DAN TORIBIO

A two-year-old girl seized by three from their house in Arena Blanco last Tuesday was rescued by Zamboanga City policemen led by Supt. Nonito Asdai in Patikul, Sulu last Friday.

Asdai and his men also arrrested three men behind the abduction.

Sr. Insp. Helen Galvez, City Police Office information officer, identified those arrested as Danny Abdurasad Patta, 28, married, of of Barangay Hambilan, Siasi, Muktadir Musa Mohammad, 41 and Haron Sahirun, 52, both of Langhub, Patkul, Sulu.

The trio were arrested during the rescue of the girl around 7:45 a.m.

Recall that the girl was seized in their house in Arena Blanco around 7:30 p.m. and was taken to Campo Islam before brinking here to Patikul, Sulu.

Asdai was quoted by ABS-CBN Newsas saying the suspects were arrested during an entrapment operation in the port area of Jolo.

The suspects demanded P20,000 from the victim’s parents in exchange for her safe release.

But one of the suspects directed the child’s mother to proceed to the village of Anuling where the transaction should take place instead.

Police followed the tricycle carrying the child’s mother until they tracked down Patta with his two companions along the road.

The suspects were forced to reveal the location of the child. Asdai said they found the child in a small house, crying inside a dark room.

The child was taken to Jolo municipal police station and then back to Zamboanga City on Friday night.

Patta told the police that they are not members of a kidnap-for-ransom group, or the Abu Sayyaf. He said he took the child because here parents would not pay her debt amounting to more than P60,000 despite repeated promises. He thought of forcing the child’s parents to pay their debt by abducting their daughter.

A case of kidnapping with serious illegal detention was filed against the suspects.

Meanwhile, Supt. Luisito Magnaye, Zamboanga City Police Director, said they are looking into the possibility that the three suspects are somehow connected to the Abu Sayyaf Group, citing initial information that these persons have been long living in the area known as bailiwick of the bandits in Patikul. — Dan Toribio with ABS_CBN News report