Construction worker escapes from Abu Sayyaf Print
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 17:04

By DAN TORIBIO

Jenly Miranda, a construction worker abducted by the Abu Sayyaf and rumored to have been decapitated, was able to escape from his captors by jumping off a cliff while they were being taken to the bandits’ camp in Sulu.

This reporter talked to Miranda who recounted his daring escape several minutes after being taken hostage by the bandits.

Miranda is one of five construction workers who were taken by the Abu Sayyaf from an elementary school in Sulu last Sunday morning.

Miranda said that the bandits together with their  hostages were walking towards the bandits’ camp in Patikul when he suddenly jumped off a cliff with his hands bound.

The worker said that he felt his foot break but managed to run as fast as he could away from the group.

Miranda, a karate black belter, ran towards the headquarters of Joint Task Force Sulu where he was reunited with another worker, Larry Velasquez.

Velasquez, another construction worker, was able to escape from his captors by jumping off a window of the school building when the bandits barged into the structure.

Velasquez and Miranda sustained fractures as a consequence of their escape but were able to reunite with their families in Zamboanga yesterday.

Velasquez and Miranda were among six construction workers who were staying at the Kampang Elementary School Complex in Patikul when Abu Sayyaf gunmen suddenly barged into the building.

Velasquez was able to avoid being taken by the bandits by jumping off a window of the building.

Miranda escaped while the captives were being taken to the ASG camp.

The four other construction workers who are now in the custody of the Abu Sayyaf are Joel Adanza, Jung Guerrero, Momoy Ramos and Jayson Baylosis.(Dan Toribio)