Search and rescue launched for 6 individuals abducted in Zamboanga del Norte

Marje Pelayo   •   July 3, 2018   •   3859

Philippine forces gear up for rescue


ZAMBOANGA SIBUGAY, Philippines – Authorities are still searching for the whereabouts of six individuals abducted in Sirawai, Zamboanga del Norte on Thursday (June 28).

The victims were identified as Feliciano Javier, Elsa Javier, Junior Javier, Rica Javier, Val Javier and five-month-old infant, Vincent Javier. The family is the caretaker of a farmhouse in the area.

According to reports from Police Regional Office 9, a certain “Abu” was asking for P400,000 ransom through a phone call.

Police Director PCSupt. Billy Beltran said they were able to speak with one of the victims who assured that they were safe.

Authorities believe the victims were abducted by a kidnap-for-ransom group headed by Jamilon Wahab. Operations to rescue the victims are still ongoing.

“Right now they are still missing and we are still awaiting the result ng investigation. We’re working this out with the military and we are also getting help from the MILF. Alam ninyo naman ito’y malapit sa kampo nila doon (As you may know, the area is close to their camp there),” Beltran said. – Dante Amento / Marje Pelayo

NBI recommends raps vs former and incumbent mayor of Siayan, Zamboanga del Norte

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 28, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has recommended filing charges against the former and incumbent mayor of municipality of Siayan, Zamboanga Del Norte.

In a report, the NBI said they recommended to the Ombudsman the filing of graft charges against former mayor Flora Lagrina Villarosa, incumbent mayor Atty. Josecor Gepolongca and two municipal employees Ana Marco and Jennifer Pumicpic, who conspired with each other in committing illegal acts.

NBI Officer-in-Charge (OIC)-Director Eric B. Distor said the recommendation was arrived at after months of exhaustive investigation conducted by the NBI-Anti Graft Division (NBI-AGD).

He reported that the agency received an anonymous letter of request for investigation after Mayor Villarosa acquired numerous businesses, real estate properties, vehicles and money which were manifestly disproportionate to her salary.

A complaint was also received from Marco who alleged in her affidavit that she and former Mayor Villarosa used to be friends and because of this, she agreed to Villarosa to use her name as dummy to the former Mayor’s businesses.

“She  agreed to Villarosa to use her name as dummy to the former Mayor’s businesses identified as Midway Gas Station and Midway Express located in Saiyan,” the NBI said.

The said businesses had a total transaction of 190 projects amounting to over P32 million with the Municipality of Saiyan during the term of the former mayor.

Meanwhile, incumbent mayor, Gepolongca issued two memoranda on February and July 2019 prohibiting all employees of the municipal government of Siayan from processing the request for public documents by various agencies including the NBI whom at that time was investigating the matter regarding the anomalous transactions of the municipality.

After collecting enough evidence, former mayor Villarosa was charged for violation of “Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act” and “Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials”. Villarosa was also charged for perjury and falsification of public documents.

The two employees, Marco and Pumicpic were charged for violation of “Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act” and falsification of public documents.

Likewise, incumbent mayor Atty. Gepolongca was recommended to be charged for obstruction of justice. AAC





Ambush kills Zamboanga del Norte town vice mayor, 2 others

UNTV News   •   January 11, 2020

The bullet-riddled SUV the victims were shot in | Courtesy: PRO9

The vice-mayor of Baliguian, Zamboanga del Norte and his three companions were ambushed on Saturday (January 11) at around 11:30 a.m.

Initial report from Police Regional Office 9 says, Vice-Mayor Gani Esmali and the three other victims were onboard a gray SUV heading towards Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte when an undetermined number of suspects fired at them.

The perpetrators immediately left the scene onboard a white van with unknown plate number heading towards the municipality of Gutalac, Zamboanga del Norte.

Two of the victims died on the spot while Vice Mayor Esmali was declared dead upon arrival at the Siocon Distrcit Hospital. The fourth victim is currently undergoing medical treatment.

The Siocon Police is in hot pursuit of the gunmen while neighboring municipal police stations promptly launched a dragnet operation against the fleeing suspects.

PNP-AKG rescues 3 Chinese nationals from kidnap-for- ransom group

Maris Federez   •   December 14, 2019

The Philippine National Police-Anti Kidnapping Group (PNP-AKG) has confirmed the rescue of three Chinese nationals from a kidnap for ransom group in Bacoor, Cavite on Friday (December 13).

The victims, namely, Pham ThiTu, Zhang Juanzi, Shen Wenhui were allegedly raped by the suspects who are also Chinese nationals.

The rescue led to the arrest of the six suspects.

A statement sent to the media on Saturday said PNP-AKG teams led by PMaj. Cesar Nuñez Jr and PMaj. Edgar Pablico, together with the PNP Bacoor under PLtCol. Villaflor Bannawagan conducted the rescue after receiving reports from the partners of the victims.

The first complaint came from Huafeng Du on Dec. 12 regarding the abduction of his girlfriend, Pham.

He said the kidnappers demanded 200,000 RMB in exchange for the release of his girlfriend.

The second complaint was filed by Chang Hsiang Hao on December 11, reporting that his girlfriend Zhang Juanzi left on December 10 at around 11:00 PM but has not returned home since.

He said he received a WeChat message from the victim’s account on December 11 asking for Php 700,000 which he sent through an online payment app. However, the kidnapper did not release the victim but demanded instead for another Php 700,000 on December 12.

The third victim named Shen Wenhui was abducted inside Okada Hotel at around 10:00 in the evening on December 12 and was brought to the said place in Bacoor, Cavite. /mbmf


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