Hataman orders PNP to secure release of ATO employee in Sulu PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 10 April 2012 14:10

Acting Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) to secure the immediate release of an employee of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) seized in Jolo, Sulu on Saturday night.
Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan also activated the provincial crisis management committee to facilitate the early release of Carlos Tee who was taken by about 10 gunmen at his home at about 7:30 p.m.

Police and military authorities have already launched a province-wide manhunt against the suspects who fled using two motorized pump boats after the kidnapping.

No ransom has been raised and the military and police officials in Sulu believed Tee was taken by the extremist Abu Sayyaf Group.

Tee, who works at the Air Transportation Office at the Jolo airport, also owns a small gasoline station.

Hataman said Governor Tan has taken the lead in finding the where about of Tee who has been working with the government for the past 30 years.

Chief Supt. Mario Avenido, police regional director in the ARMM, has ordered the Sulu police provincial office to coordinate with the Philippine Marines and the local government units to ensure the victim is safe.