Wednesday, July 27, 2011
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examimer / July 27, 2011) – A bandit leader, whose wife was arrested by the police for carrying illegal weapons, seized five people in Zamboanga Sibugay province in the southern Philippines and demanded authorities for a prisoner swap.
Police said the gunmen led by Munib Aukasa originally seized six people on Tuesday in the village of Tigbanuang in Tungawan town, but freed one of them Kennymarie Dalagan, 24, to bring his demand to local authorities.
The remaing hostages were later released after police freed Aukasa’s wife for a still unknown reason.
The woman was earlier arrested after police searched their house and found an unlicensed shot gun owned by the bandit leader.
Police identified those freed as Merlinda Luchavez, 5; Mae Jane Luchavez, 15; Enriqueta Perjes, 45; Anabelle Luchavez, 31; and Bader Luchavez, 26. (Mindanao Examiner)