Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Kidnapped Muslim trader, driver freed in Lanao Norte

An undated photo of Faridah Olama Adilao.

MARAWI CITY (Mindanao Examiner / Oct. 12, 2011) – Kidnappers have freed a Muslim trader and her driver on Wednesday after more than a week in captivity in the southern Philippines, security officials said.

Officials said Faridah Olama Adilao, 34, and Moca Mimbantas, 22, were released in the remote village of Nunukan in Lanao del Norte’s Linamon town at around 3 a.m.

“Villagers spotted the duo and brought them to authorities and later to hospital for medical examination,” Colonel Daniel Lucero, commander of the 103rd Infantry Brigade, told the Mindanao Examiner, adding Adilao suffered bruises on her body.

Gunmen seized Adilao in the village of Nangka in Lanao del Norte’s Balo-i town on October 2. The duo was heading home in a pick-up truck to Marawi City in Lanao del Sur when they were intercepted and kidnapped.

It was unknown whether Adilao’s wealthy family paid ransom or not. And no individual or group claimed responsibility for the kidnappings.

Lucero urged the duo to file charges against their kidnappers. “We are encouraging the family of the victims to file the necessary charges against the kidnappers. Fear and silence of the victims will only encourage more kidnappings and we have to stop these nefarious activities,” he said.

Adilao’s family owns a chain of gun stores and a security agency, and a pharmacy and an air line booking office, a printing shop and a fast food store in Mindanao and Luzon.

Her family did not give any statement. (Mindanao Examiner)

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