Sunday, September 28, 2008

Family Of Abducted Man In South RP Appeals For His Safe Release

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 28, 2008) – Unidentified gunmen abducted a young father in front of his wife and son in the southern Philippine province of Compostela Valley, where communist insurgents are actively operating, police said Sunday.

Police said the armed men seized Jay Larobes at around 11 a.m. Saturday in the village of Mipangi in Nabunturan town. His family said the gunmen dragged the victim and forced him inside a vehicle and sped away.

Larobes was driving his motorcycle with his wife and son when the gunmen blocked their path and snatched him, police said.

No group claimed responsibility for the abduction and the victim’s family would not say more about Larobes’ background or whether he is a political activist or not. But his family appealed for his safe release.

Previous disappearances of activists had been largely blamed to the military. (Romy Bwaga)

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