Kidnapped Sulu treasurer freed PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 28 December 2013 11:09

A Sulu based kidnap-for-ransom gang linked to the Abu Sayyaf Group released on Christmas Day the Sulu provincial treasurer who was abducted last November 18.

Jesus Cabilin was freed by his captors in an undisclosed place in Patikul around 7 a.m. and was fetched by some local authorities. He was then brought to the nearest government office for proper debriefing and was later taken to Zamboanga City to reunite with his family in Tugbungan.

DZT gathered that Cabilin’s relatives negotiated with the kidnappers and paid an undisclosed amount as ransom for his safe release.

Cabilin was seized by kidnappers inside his living quarters in Barangay Bangkal, Jolo,  Sulu around 7 p.m.  Responding policemen had caught up with the abductors and engaged them in a firefight but the kidnappers managed to flee with their captive toward Barangay Danag, also in Patikul, aboard a Tamaraw jeep.

Police had identified the group of Ninok Sapari, a known kidnap-for-ransom gang linked to the Abu Sayyaf Group operating Sulu as behind the abduction.

Sapari and several of his followers have pending cases in court for kidnapping as they have been involved in the series of kidnappings in Sulu and nearby places. – Dan Toribio Jr.