Quimbo and his kidnappers are still in Zambo Norte, says Gov. Uy PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 23 September 2017 15:26

By  allen abastillas

Zamboanga del Norte Governor Roberto Uy has disclosed the other day that kidnapped victim Jelster Ed Jed Tiu- Quimbo, son of  Labason Municipal Mayor Eddie Quimbo, is still in the province.

In an exclusive interview with DZT, Gov. Uy said that Quimbo is still being held captive by the kidnappers somewhere along the coastal areas of the Zamboanga del Norte and has not yet been transferred to nearby island provinces of Basilan or Sulu.

“Based on our intelligence reports, Quimbo is still in the province with his captors. His kidnappers belong to kidnap for ransom group and most probably have links with the Abu Sayyaf Group, the provincial governor told DZT in an interview on Wednesday.

Quimbo was abducted by armed men on September 6, 2017 while the businessman was  tending  his grocery store at around 6:00 p.m  in the Central Downtown area of Labason.

According to Uy, based on the police and military investigations, Quimbo’s kidnappers belong to just a small criminal group whose style of kidnapping is to sell their victims to a big kidnapping group in Sulu or Basilan.

Uy  further explained that the abduction of Quimbo is similar to that of a former priest who was kidnapped few years back. According to Uy  the former kidnapped victim were  only housed in a mountainous  area in the municipality of Gogod  and was released after paying ransom.

Uy presided a security meeting with top officials of the military and police recently where he directed them to exert all efforts for the search and rescue of Quimbo.

The governor also directed the police and the military to intensify the security patrol along the coastal areas of the entire province to ensure that the kidnappers along with their victim could not slip out of the province.

He said that the Zamboanga del Norte Public Safety Company  has arrested two suspected abductors of Quimbo  identified as Soudi Banguh y Pondosan and Edilberto Albino y Sarnagu  on September 7,2017 in Sirawai at around 3:00 in the afternoon. Pondosan and Albino were identified by the witnesses and the police because of the CCTV record. A Criminal case of kidnapping and serious illegal detention have been filed in the Court of Sindangan against the two suspects.

As of press time, the families of the kidnap victim have not yet receive any ransom demand from the kidnappers.

Meanwhile, the governor has also asked all businessmen in the province to be security conscious and implement necessary measure so as not to fall victims to kidnapping.-Allen Abastillas.