12 Basilan fishermen abducted PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 10:48

Basilan Vice Governor Al-Rasheed Sakkalahul met yesterday with Police Provincial Director Sr. Supt. Cristeto Rey Gonzalodo and Col. Nicanor Dolojan commanding officer of the Special Operation Task Force in the province to tackle the latest abduction case involving 12 fishermen in Ungkaya Pukan municipality.

The meeting, held at the Basilan provincial capitol, discussed solutions on how to safely recover the 12 fishermen who were abducted by some 10 gunmen led by Puwih Ambali on November 29  around  2:30 p.m. at Sitio Layohan, Barangay Matata in the municipality of Ungkayan Pukan.

The fishermen were identified as Ummal Tahil, Hamja Tahil, Tolloh Kuhapoh, Rolly Dalis, Faisal Aukasa, Pikal Pabo, Haymi Taugung, Samboy Kuhapoh, Dayson Dalis, Pandemeng Jamil, Danny Aukasa and Sabalang Asambly, all residents of Barangay Matata, Ungkaya Pukan.

Police said the 12 fishermen were seized by Ambali's group while they were on their way home after fishing off Sitio Layohan, Barangay Matata.  They brought to Barangay Kuhun Lennuh, Al- Barka Municipality

Authorities said the motive behind the abduction is "revenge or rido". The abductors have demanded firearms and an unspecified amount of money for the release of the hostages.

During the meeting, Vice Gov. Sakkalahul told Sr. Supt. Gonzalodo and Col. Dolojan that the police and military should investigate the abduction deeper and the government should not allow any payment of ransom.

He said the police and military must check the case deeper because the abductors and the victims are relatives and three of them are Badjaos.  He also said the no-ransom policy must be adhered to strictly, because if not, "others will follow and kidnapping will have no ending in the province."

Gonzalodo said the police under his command will do their best together with Col. Dolojan and his army troopers "no matter how expensive the operation and how dangerous it is to the lives of policemen."

"We must see to it that the victims will be rescued by the police and military. We are ready at all times,” Gonzalodo assured”.

By Allen Abastillas