Labuan teacher 3rd kidnap victim in Zambo west coast PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 November 2012 15:14

Another prominent person in Zamboanga City’s west coast became a kidnapping victim last Tuesday night.

Flordeliza Catingay Ramones Ongchua, 43, a teacher of the Labuan Elementary School and wife of a prominent businessman, was seized by some 15 gunmen wearing PNP and military uniform in Purok 5, Labuan at past 7 p.m.

Ongchua and the abductors boarded two pumpboats that sped towards the direction of Zamboanga del Norte

Report said the gunmen arrived at Purok 5, Labuan and proceeded to the house of Labuan Barangay Chairman Ronald Maravilla, a cousin of Flordeliza.

The tagalog speaking gunmen were looking for the village chief. But because Maravilla was not around as he was at the barangay hall, the gunmen proceeded to the house of Ongchua which is few steps from the chairman’s house.

The gunmen seized Flordeliza and her daughter, but the teacher begged to spare her daughter. At this point, the gunmen dragged Flordeliza towards the shore where two pumpboats were waiting.

After he was informed of the incident, Ongchua’s husband rushed home and spotted a group of armed men leaving the shore aboard two pumpboats. He was told by witnesses that the armed men took his wife.

Maravilla admitted that it was he who was the target of the gunmen, but was clueless why they want him kidnapped.

Ongchua is the third prominent person who was kidnapped in the west coast.

In the evening of April 4, 2010,  Filipino-Swiss Charlie Rieth was seized by gunmen at his rest house in Patalon near the shore.

Rieth was freed in the vicinity of Labuan on June 16, 2010.

On March 3, 2011, Olivia Angeles Barredo, a prominent businesswoman was seized by gunmen outside their residence in Labuan and was brought to an unknown place aboard a pumpboat.

Barredo and other relatives were about to enter the gate of their residence when gunmen appeared and dragged her at gunpoint.

Barredo was released by her captors in RT Lim municipality, Zamboanga Sibugay last April 22 of the same year. – Dan Toribio Jr.