Beng thanks operatives on kidnap victim Rojas’ release PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 02 August 2013 11:12

Mayor Beng Climaco has expressed gratitude to operatives and other individuals responsible for the safe release of a kidnapped employee of the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU), Wednesday, July 31.

The mayor had the opportunity of meeting with Alrashid Roxas in City Hall, a few hours after the latter’s release in Jolo, Sulu. Roxas, who was accompanied by members of his family and some military and police authorities, also expressed elation that he is finally reunited with his loved ones.

“We like that all these incidents of kidnapping be solved,” the mayor, who chairs the Crisis Management Committee of the City Peace and Order Council stated.

She asked that the National Anti-Kidnapping Group based in Camp Crame provide the City with the protocol on kidnapping prevention and negotiations as well as the protocol on safety, rescue and release of kidnap victims.

“What we are also asking is for a woman negotiator, that they [authorities in Camp Crame] have to come in and provide also component for counselling for the family and the victims themselves,” Mayor Climaco stressed.

This move, according to the chief executive is intended to make the City ready to deter any similar incident in the future.

Roxas, a staff member of the WMSU’s College of Islamic Studies was reportedly released in downtown Jolo by his abductors, July 31, over a month after he was abducted just outside of his residence on Amping Drive in Campo Islam last June 22.

Authorities say the suspects are believed to be part of a kidnap-for-ransom group linked to the Abu Sayyaf.

The mayor said she has no details regarding the payment of any amount for Roxas’ release but stressed that “we want Zamboanga City to be ready to deter any kidnapping incident.” — Sheila Covarrubias