By Nonoy E Lacson
Zamboanga City – A 38-year-old owner of a marine products buying station was kidnapped by seven armed men posing as policemen in Malangas town in Zamboanga Sibugay province Tuesday, according to the police.
Philippine National Police (PNP) Director for Zamboanga peninsula (PRO-9) Chief Supt Billy Beltran identified the victim as Laarni Bandi, 38, married and a resident of Talusan, Zamboanga Sibugay.
Beltran said Bandi was forcibly abducted by seven armed men about 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, while she was at Purok Maabiabihon, Poblacion, Malangas, Zamboanga Sibugay.
Witnesses said Bandi was taken by the men, who were armed with with M16 Armalite and M14 rifles, and a shotgun.
They added that five of the suspects were wearing PNP uniforms, while another was in a PNP Patrol shirt.
Beltran said Bandi was at the boarding house owned by Mrs. Adelaida Bayno located at Purok Maabiabihon, Poblacion, Malangas when the armed men arrived and forcibly abducted her.
The suspects took Bandi to a waiting yellow motorized pump boat and sped towards Muyong Island, Malangas, Zamboanga Sibugay.
Beltran said elements of Sibugay Mobile Force Company, 44th Infantry Battalion 9, Phil Army, Maritime, Coast Guard, Navy and Regional Mobile Force Company 9, are now conducting pursuit operations to rescue the businesswoman.