Kidnapped bizman’s son released in Zambo Sur PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 25 February 2012 15:05

Kidnappers have freed the son of a Filipino-Chinese businessman who was seized almost four months ago in Zamboanga del Norte after the victim’s family allegedly paid more than half-a-million-peso ransom, a police official disclosed Friday.

Zamboanga del Sur police director Senior Supt. Jose Bayani Gucela disclosed the victim was released around 1:04 a.m. Wednesday in the municipality of Molave, Zamboanga del Sur.

Released was Franc Oliver Lim, 32, son of Frank Lim, who owns the Fresh Harvest Farm located in Barangay Gulayon, Dipolog City, the capital of Zamboanga del Norte province.

Gucela said Lim was picked-up by a relative identified only as a certain Wendel after the kidnappers dropped off the victim in front of the Zamboanga del Sur Electric Cooperative (Zamsureco) office in Molave municipality, Zamboanga del Sur.

Wendel, after he picked-up Lim, brought the victim to the police authorities for debriefing, Gucela said.

He revealed that Lim’s release was the result of the efforts exerted by the police and military in close coordination with the victim’s family.

He said the police and military forces continuously tracked down the whereabouts of Lim while the family handled the negotiations for the safe release of the victim.

“Allegedly, the family of the victim paid the amount of P600,000 to the kidnappers,” Gucela stated in his report to the headquarters of the Zamboanga Peninsula Police Office in this city.

The kidnappers seized Lim around 10:15 a.m. of October 27, 2011 as he was about to enter the gate of their farmland in Barangay Gulayon, Dipolog City, the capital of Zamboanga del Norte.