By Nonoy E Lacson and Francis T. Wakefield
Zamboanga City – After spending nine days in captivity, four kidnap victims were abandoned by their captors in a remote village in Sirawai, Zamboanga del Norte Monday afternoon, according to a local village chief.
Barangay Libucon, Sirawai Chairman Mahari Abdulla said Roger Jung-an, Jomar Maglangit, Jomar Mantangan, and Raymond Purisima were recovered at an agricultural area in sitio Simbulalao, Libucon at about 2:45 pm, Monday.
Abdulla said that, according to the victims, they were released at about 10 a.m. Monday by their captors at the inner forested areas of the village, and arrived at an agricultural site in sitio Simbulalao, Libucon about 2:45 pm.
Local residents living at the area immediately informed Abdulla about the presence of the four kidnaped victims in the area.
Abdulla said he immediately fetched the four victims, and brought them to Sirawai Mayor Gamar A. Janihim.
Armed Forces of the Philippines, Western Mindanao Command (AFP-WestMinCom) Spokesman Army Capt. Jo-Ann Petinglay said the four rescued kidnapped victims were chainsaw operators and laborers, who are all residents of Barangay San Vicente, Sirawai, Zamboanga del Norte.
They were abducted in Barangay Panabutan last March 3, Petinglay said.
Joint Task Force Zampelan Commander Maj Gen Roseller G Murillo said “the (recovered victims) were originally five when they were kidnapped however, one of them was hit in the crossfire during an encounter between our soldiers and their captors last March 7.”
According to Murillo, Janihim and Abdulla contacted the soldiers of the 42nd Infantry Battalion, and turned over the four kidnapped victims.
They immediately underwent medical check-up while military intelligence operatives and police investigators conducted debriefing.