Beng to police: Help us recover kidnap teacher PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 13:06

Mayor Beng Climaco yesterday appealed to the officers and members of the Police Regional Office 9 (PRO-9), especially the Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG), to help secure the release or rescue of elementary school teacher Cathy Casipong from her kidnappers the soonest time possible.

“Please help us. It will really mean a lot for us to have teacher (Casipong) back to our school. I have been coordinating with the AKG personnel, trying to seek their guidance and wisdom, but sad to say we have not received a reply for the past two days already. So, I will just have to rely on some of my staff in City Hall to really make sure that the family does not lose hope and we do not lose hope,” Climaco told the police men and women attending a seminar on crisis management at Camp Abendan in Marcedes yesterday morning.

“Yun po ang appeal ko sa inyo. Sana po tulungan ninyo po kami,” she said in her brief but emotionally packed message to the PRO-9 personnel, including those from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) police.

Climaco said she would not have wanted to go to yesterday’s PRO-9 seminar because she felt that as the local chief executive of Zamboanga City, it was not proper for her to be there “because my heart really breaks for the teacher who up to now remains in the hands of the kidnappers.”

“We have gone through a lot of crises and we value the life of the teacher, who has served the community. So, ang pakiusap ko po tulungan n’yo po kami upang mareturn yung teacher,” she added, stressing that her administration does recognize the accomplishments of the local police, gives credit where it is due, just as it did to those who responded to the crisis.

To recall, teacher Casipong, 23, was snatched around 3 p.m. on Dec. 18 by unidentified armed men in the waters off Sitio Paraitan, Barangay Limaong, this city. She was a teacher of Sibogtok Elementary School. — Vic Larato