Kidnapped WMSU staff freed in Jolo ; 2 sisters still in captivity PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 01 August 2013 11:02

A staff of the Western Mindanao State University’s Islamic Institute, who was abducted in this city on June 22, was released by kidnappers early yesterday morning in Jolo, Sulu

A military report disclosed that Alrashid Rojas was dropped at the Jolo wharf around 4 a.m. He was picked up by authorities and was brought to a police station before he underwent medical check-up.

The report said that joint forces of the PAF’s Tactical Operation Squadron (TOS) and Marine Battalion Landing Team 9 in Jolo responded to an information from a reliable informant that Rojas was released at the Jolo wharf.

Rojas was taken into custody at the 2nd Marine Brigade in Camp Bautista, Brgy Busbus, Jolo, to undergo debriefing

Rojas was held in captivity for almost two months by kidnappers with link to Talipao Abu Sayyaf Group of Idang Susukan who is believed to be the same captors of Zamboanga City kidnap victims Flordeliza Ongchua and Eddie Fabella whose kidnap cell still operates in the west coast of Zamboanga City.

It was not known whether or not ransom was paid by the family of Rojas. He was seized by gunmen outside their residence at Amping Drive, Campo Islam around 7:20 p.m. last June 22.

Rojas was beaten by the kidnappers after he tried to resist before he was dragged into a pumpboat that sped westward.

Meanwhile, efforts continue to free two Filipino-Algerian sisters who were seized by kidnappers in Sulu on June 22, this year.

A local crisis management committee in Sulu has been negotiating with the kidnappers led by Abu Sayyaf member Nenok Sapari for the release of Linda and Nadjoua Bansil.

The sisters are daughters of an Imam (preacher) and former judge in Pagadian City’s Shari’ah Circuit Court, who passed away while they were still young.

Bansil sisters’ siblings, Mohammad and Zackaria, turned to the social media to appeal for the unconditional release of the victims.

The Bansil brothers appealed to the Abu Sayyaf group to free their sisters through a 3-minute video posted on social media.

He said his sisters did nothing wrong and they are advocates of peace in Mindanao. — Dan Toribio Jr.