ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Apr. 17, 2011) – Philippine police said a student kidnapped in Zamboanga in Mindanao had been freed after his family paid ransom to his captors.
It said Joel Indino Jr was released in the neighboring province of Zamboanga Sibugay after his kidnapping in January. Indino’s kidnapping was not reported by his family fearing his captors would kill him.
Local authorities were not even aware of the kidnapping. Indino was allegedly freed in exchange for P1 million paid by his family.
No other details were made available by the police or Indino’s family. Authorities did not say who and how Indino was kidnapped and spirited out of Zamboanga.
But previous kidnappings in Zamboanga have been largely blamed to the Abu Sayyaf and Moro rebels. The Abu Sayyaf is still holding a Chinese-Filipino trader Larry Tam delos Santos who was kidnapped in December in Basilan’s Isabela City.
And the group is said to be behind two more kidnappings which occurred in Zamboanga City and in the town of Titay in Zamboanga Sibugay province and that the victims – Olivia Barredo, 36, and Randy Talania, 9, were allegedly taken to Basilan.
Last month, Abu Sayyaf militants barged into the house of a businessman in Basilan and abducted his caretaker, Rolando dela Cruz, after failing to kidnap thetrader, Charlie Cawley. The gang abandoned their hostage and was recovered safely by pursuing army soldiers. (Mindanao Examiner)