Kidnappers strike anew, grabs businesswoman! PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 05 March 2011 17:08

Three days after a Manicahan lass Maricris Cuartocruz was released by kidnappers in Alicia, Zamboanga Sibugay, another kidnapping took place in Labuan Thursday night where the victim is a prominent businesswoman.

City Police Director Sr. Supt. Edwin Deocampo identified the victim as Olivia Barredo y Angeles, 37, married, owner of Bubbles Pharmacy.

A police report disclosed that Barredo and her husband Kenneth were aboard their pick-up truck around 6:15 p.m.on their way home from their pharmacy which was about a kilometer away when three men blocked their path and pointed guns at them near their house.

The gunmen dragged Olivia from their vehicle at gunpoint. Kenneth, who came to the succor of his wife, was shot three times by the gunmen. Luckily he was able to shield himself at the back of the pickup truck and escaped unhurt.

Police said the gunmen also shot Noel Angeles, brother of Olivia, who also attempted to fight back, but the bullet missed the target.

Witnesses told the police that the gunmen dragged Olivia to the shoreline more or less 200 meters away where three pumpboats with several other armed men were waiting.
The kidnappers put Olivia aboard one of the pumpboats then sped away.

Two men were apprehended by the police for questioning for possible knowledge on the kidnapping. They were identified as Zaldy Dain and his cousin Abdulsali Esmail, both of Tungawan, Zamboanga Sibugay.

The two were seen acting suspiciously before and after the kidnapping.
They were spotted by Olivia’s relatives roaming around the area earlier than 6 p.m..
Police and military operatives have launched hot pursuit operations for the possible recovery of the victim.

The incident took place three days after Cuartocruz was freed by kidnappers in Alicia, Zamboanga Sibugay. Cuartocruz was kept captive for 76 days by her captors after she was seized at their residence in Manicahan. — Dan Toribio Jr.