Kidnapped in Zambo Sur, trader freed in Zambo city PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 20 November 2011 17:40

A businesswoman kidnapped in Zamboanga del Sur more than a  month ago was released in Zamboanga City on Friday, a top police official  disclosed Saturday.

Directorate for Integrated Police Operations (DIPO)-west chief Director Felicisimo  Khu said the victim was freed around 6:30 p.m. Friday along Varela St. here.

Freed after a month and 10 days in captivity was Monalisa Almonte y Capa, 40, a  businesswoman from Pitogo municipality, Zamboanga del Sur.
Khu said Almonte was met by her relatives when she was released.

Khu said no ransom was paid in exchange for the release of Almonte, who was kidnapped last Oct. 8 in Barangay Poblacion, Pitogo.

Khu said that Alimuddin Danganan Bual, a member of the Moro Islamic Liberation  Front’ (MILF) Ad Hoc Joint Action Group (AHJAG), and the victim’s uncle were the  ones who negotiated for the release of Almonte.

Almonte was then at the family-owned ice plant when seized by 10 gunmen. The family also owns and manages a gasoline station and fishing business.

No particular group has come out to publicly claim responsibility on the kidnapping of Almonte.

However, Khu disclosed last week that Almonte was sighted with another kidnap victim in the hinterlands of Al-Barka municipality, Basilan.

Almonte, her relatives accompanied by Bual immediately left Zamboanga City after she was released and arrived in Ipil, the capital town of Zamboanga Sibugay, around 10:40 p.m. Friday.

Bual handed Almonte to the headquarters of the Army’s 102nd Infantry Brigade based in Ipil municipality.