Task Force Flor formed PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 November 2012 15:12

Authorities yesterday created Task Force Flor, a composite team to investigate the circumstances that led to the abduction of a public school teacher in Labuan Tuesday night as well as to secure the safe recovery of the victim.

The task force was created in a meeting of the City Crisis Management Committee convened by Mayor Celso Lobregat, committee chair to discuss measures and steps necessary for the resolution of the case. It is chaired by City Police OIC Director Col. James Mejia.

Lobregat motored to Labuan Tuesday night, immediately after being informed of the incident, to personally look into the efforts done by the authorities as well as to sympathize with the family of Flordeliza Ongchua, a teacher at the Labuan Elementary School.

Ongchua, 48, was forcibly taken from her residence by 13 armed men, who earlier barged into the Ongchua compound looking for barangay chairman Rolando Maravillas. Since Maravillas was not around, the abductors took Ongchua instead.

As of noontime yesterday, authorities said the family has not been contacted by the abductors but stressed that recovery efforts are being intensified both in land and in sea.

Lobregat expressed sadness over the incident and advised the family to stay calm, to wait for word or contact from the abductors or the victim and to continuously seek Divine intervention.

Lobregat said the probe that will be conducted by the task force will answer all questions related to the incident and which remain unanswered as of yet.

“There will be a thorough investigation on what transpired, we have many questions just like you, that we need answers,” Lobregat told reporters in a press briefing after the CMC meeting in City Hall yesterday.

Also present during the meeting and press briefing were Police Regional Director Gen. Napoleon Estilles, Col. Mejia, Task Force Zamboanga Chief Col. Glen Macasero, Labuan barangay chairman Maravillas, immediate relatives of Ongchua,  officials from the Navy and other law enforcement agencies involved in anti-kidnapping efforts.
Authorities say all efforts are being exerted to locate the perpetrators and their victim and ultimately to end the crisis the soonest possible time.

Coordinative efforts are not only being done within and among the different law enforcement units based in the city but also other units in the neighboring areas including Zamboanga del Norte and Basilan. — Sheila Covarrubias