Jolo couple — both water district employees — new kidnap victims PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 17 February 2014 12:49

A woman and her husband,  both employees of the Jolo Mainland Water District,  were seized by five gunmen in front of their house in Kasalamatan Village, San Raymundo, Jolo Sulu yesterday morning.

Report disclosed that Bonifacio Salinas and his wife Marie Claire Nono Salinas were snatched at gunpoint by men believed to members of a kidnap-for-ransom-gang linked to the Abu Sayyaf Group around 5:30 a.m.

DZT gathered that the couple had just arrived home from Zamboanga City when the gunmen waylaid them.

The abductors brought the couple to Barangay Latih aboard a Tamaraw jeepney.

The incident was reported to the police and military units in Jolo.

Government forces were on hot pursuit operation for the rescue of the victims.

The abduction of the couple came almost two months after Abu Sayyaf extremists released last Decembber Jordanian journalist Baker Atyani after months in captivity.

Atyani and his two Filipino crewmen were kidnapped while trying to link up with Abu Sayyaf militants for an interview somewhere in Sulu.

His two companions were freed February last year. Atyani gained prominence for interviewing Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan a few months before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks,

Last November, government troops rescued two construction workers from Zamboanga City who were kidnapped more than two months ago in Tawi-Tawi.

Lindo Estrada, 50, of Sta. Catalina; and Pedro Petrosa, 59, of Canelar, The victims were rescued in the village of Suikuban, Omar, Sulu, after the kidnappers, who were believed to be Abu Sayyaf bandits, fled as the troops pursued them.

The kidnappers seized the victims at a construction site last September 23 in Simunul, Tawi-Tawi along with a companion, Ricardo Rafal, who was released earlier.

Another kidnap victim, Alrashid Rojas, a staff of the Western Mindanao State University’s Islamic Institute was released by kidnappers last August in Jolo, Sulu

Rojas was dropped at the Jolo wharf and was picked up by authorities who brought him to a police station before he underwent medical check-up.

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.

Efforts still continue for the release of two Filipino-Algerian sisters who were seized by kidnappers in Sulu on June 22 last 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, had 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. — Dan Toribio Jr.