Officials said the woman, Luisa Morrison, 34, was snatched Sunday evening by three gunmen in the capital town of
The woman, who owns the RL Salon and Spa in the town’s business district, was seized by three men who posed as customers. She was forced into a small van which was later found abandoned and burned in the coastal
Officials said Morrison moved to Ipil town from
“We have sent troops to track down the abductors and rescue the woman,” said Lieutenant Colonel Randolph Cabangbang, a spokesman for the Western Mindanao Command.
Colonel Santiago Baluyot, commander of military forces in
No group claimed responsibility for the abduction, but previous kidnappings for ransom in the province were largely blamed to Moro Islamic Liberation Front rebels (MILF) who are actively operating in the
In 2009, MILF rebels also seized three government teachers - Noemi Mandi, Jocelyn Enriquez and Jocelyn Inion near Ipil town. The three women were on their way to school in the neighboring town of
They were freed six months later after government negotiators paid ransoms for their freedom.
In 1995, Abu Sayyaf rebels also raided and pillaged the town and killing 54 people. (Mindanao Examiner)