Kidnappers free 4 businessmen from GenSan; ransom paid

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/05 May) — Kidnappers released unharmed the four businessmen from this city who were seized in Maguindanao province on March 29 after the payment of an undisclosed… »

2 Coast Guard men, 2 others seized in Zambo Norte, Tawi-Tawi

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/04 May) – A barangay official, two Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) personnel and a mining firm executive were separately abducted by gunmen in the provinces of Zamboanga del… »

Abu holding Zambo Sibugay town mayor; 7 would-be victims of human trafficking rescued

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/01 May) – Suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits in Sulu are now holding Mayor Gemma Adana of Naga, Zamboanga Sibugay, a military official said Friday. Rear Admiral Reynaldo Yoma,… »

Zamboanga police: kidnappers using social media to look for victims

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/15 April) – Posts on social media sites like Facebook can make users targets of kidnappers if they were not careful with what they share online, a police… »

Charges filed against kidnappers in Zambo Sur; P60-M ransom demanded

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/15 April) — Police have filed criminal charges against five of the 10 suspected kidnappers who seized two children and a bakery worker last March 31 in Pitogo,… »

GenSan moves to free 4 kidnapped businessmen

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/13 April) — The city government has mobilized its personnel to assist efforts for the immediate and safe release of four businessmen from this city who were… »

Crisis committee, task force formed to address Sibugay town mayor abduction

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 9 April) – The provincial government of Zamboanga Sibugay has activated a Crisis Management Committee (CMC) as well as a Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) to… »

Zambo Sibugay town mayor kidnapped

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/07 April) – Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers abducted late Monday a town mayor in the nearby province of Zamboanga Sibugay, a police official disclosed. Abducted around 9:15… »

1 of 3 children taken hostage in Zambo Sur found dead

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/03 April) – One of the three children who were seized Tuesday in Pitogo town in Zamboanga del Sur by suspected kidnappers was found dead Friday morning. Zynielle… »

3 grandchildren of Zambo Sur town mayor seized

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/01 April) – Ten gunmen believed to be kidnappers seized late Tuesday the three grandchildren of the town mayor of Pitogo, Zamboanga del Sur. Senior Supt. Sofronio Ecaldre,… »

17 Abu detainees transferred to Taguig; kidnapped Fil-Chinese businesswoman freed

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/20 March) – Seventeen suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf kidnap-for-ransom group were transferred Friday from the Basilan provincial jail to Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City. Abdulhusin… »

Troops foil kidnap attempt in Isabela City

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/16 March) – Combined 4th Special Forces troops and militiamen thwarted an attempt by gunmen to kidnap a businessman in Basilan province on Sunday night. Rescued was Ramon… »

2 public school teachers seized in Zambo Sibugay

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/06 March) – Gunmen believed to be Abu Sayyaf bandits kidnapped two public school teachers Thursday in Talusan town, Zamboanga Sibugay, a police official disclosed. Senior Supt. Jose… »


South Korean kidnap victim Sung Ki Yoon (left) shakes the hand of Consul Yong Jeung Park at the PNP Region 10 office in Camp Alagar, Cagayan de Oro City Wednesday… »

Kidnapped Korean released in Lanao Sur after paying ransom

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 4 Feb) – A kidnapped South Korean businessman was released in Saguiaran town, Lanao del Sur Tuesday night after his family reportedly paid his abductors P500,000 as… »

Korean businessman’s abductors identified

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 28 Jan) – The police has tagged members of a kidnap-for-ransom-group with ties to the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) as the ones behind the abduction of… »

Gunmen seize Korean businessman in Sibugay

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/25 January) – Gunmen believed to be kidnappers abducted late Saturday a Korean businessman in Zamboanga Sibugay. Insp. Dahlan Samuddin, Police Regional Office-9 information officer, identified the victim… »

3 construction workers rescued in Basilan

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 15 Jan) – Government forces have rescued three employees of a construction firm undertaking a government project an hour after suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits seized them… »

Kidnapped Zambo businesswoman freed in Sulu  

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/24 December) – A businesswoman kidnapped here four months ago was freed in Sulu Wednesday, Christmas Eve. Released was Michelle Panes, 36, who was abducted allegedly by suspected… »

Zamboanga Sibugay kidnap leader falls

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/13 December) – Police arrested a suspected leader of a kidnap-for-ransom-group Thursday in Zamboanga Sibugay province. Senior Supt. Robert Roy Bahian, Zamboanga Sibugay police director, identified the suspect… »

Kidnapped fish breeder freed in Sulu

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/11 December) – Suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits released late Tuesday a Malaysian-Chinese fish breeder they seized six months ago in Sandakan, Sabah, a military official disclosed. Released was… »

Surigao Norte police placed on red alert after abduction of 2 more cops

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/21 November) — Police stations in Surigao del Norte have been placed on red alert following the series of abductions of policemen by suspected New People’s Army rebels… »

Kidnap gang member captured in Zambo Sibugay

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 8 Nov) – A suspected member of a kidnap-for-ransom-group (KFRG) was wounded and captured following a shootout on Saturday with government operatives in Zamboanga Sibugay, belated… »

4 charged for Chinese businessman’s kidnap in Zambo Sibugay

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/07 November) – Police have filed criminal charges Thursday before the Zamboanga Sibugay Prosecutor’s Office against four people implicated in the kidnapping of a Chinese businessman almost two… »

Abducted Chinese businessman freed in Zamboanga Sibugay

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 5 November) – Basilan-based kidnappers suspected to be members of the Abu Sayyaf released early Wednesday a Chinese businessman they snatched over a month ago in… »

Kidnapped girl released by Abu captors

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 30 October) – Suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf released Wednesday the eight-year-old girl they abducted more than three months ago in Zamboanga Sibugay. Released was… »

TINGOG SA SUBA: Kidnapping

Kining pagpangdagit sa Abu dugay nang problema Ambot, kung masulbad pa kaluoy intawon sa mga biktima maglagot ka sa gidangatan nila Adunay suggestion niini nga problema kay hapit naman ang… »

Gunmen abduct Chinese national in Zamboanga Sibugay

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 12 Sept) – Suspected kidnappers seized Thursday a Chinese national in downtown Kabasalan, Zamboanga Sibugay, a military official disclosed. The incident took place a day after… »

Abu bandits free midwife in Sulu

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/10 September) – Suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits released Tuesday a government health worker they seized last month in the province of Sulu, military officials disclosed Wednesday. Released was… »

Kidnapped mechanic freed in Sulu

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/28 August) – Suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits released late Wednesday a mechanic after holding him captive for 11 days in the mountains of Sulu. Ronald Pelegrin, 38, said… »

Kidnapped Zamboanga Sur school official freed after 7 months

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 22 Aug) – A public school official kidnapped almost seven months ago in Zamboanga del Sur was finally released by his captors late Tuesday after payment… »

Task group formed to solve Zambo trader’s abduction

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/20 August) – A task group has been activated to address the abduction of a businesswoman seized here Monday evening by gunmen believed to be members of a… »

Gunmen seize businesswoman in Zamboanga City

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/19 August) – Gunmen clad in camouflage uniforms seized a businesswoman here Monday evening, while her husband managed to escape from the suspects, police said. Abducted was Michelle… »

Kidnap victim released in Sulu

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 4 August) – Suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits released Monday one of two women they seized last Sunday in the town of Patikul, Sulu, a military official… »

S. Kudarat kidnap-slay suspect surrenders

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 4 Aug) – A primary suspect in the kidnapping and brutal slaying of two high school students in Isulan town in Sultan Kudarat two weeks… »

3 Abu Sayyafs, 2 militiamen killed in Basilan clash

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/26 July) – Five people, one of them a suspected Abu Sayyaf leader, were killed while eight others were wounded in a 30-minute firefight in Basilan province, the… »

Girl rescued in Zambo Sur

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 24 July) – The police, by chance, have rescued a 13-year-old girl and arrested her abductors late Tuesday in the municipality of Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur,… »

2 DSWD workers seized in Sulu freed

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/21 July) – Two workers of the Department of Social Welfare and Development kidnapped by suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits in Sulu were released over the weekend, a police… »

Abu Sayyaf bandits seize 3 DSWD workers in Sulu

ZAMBONGA CITY (MindaNews/18 July) – Gunmen suspected to be Abu Sayyaf bandits abducted Thursday three government workers in the province of Sulu, a police official said. Senior Supt. Abraham Orbita,… »

Zambo businesswoman freed

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 25 June) – Kidnappers suspected to be Abu Sayyaf bandits released Wednesday the businesswoman they seized more than four months ago in this city following a… »

Military, police foil kidnap attempts in Zambo City

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 23 June) – Kidnapping attempts were foiled after government forces arrested four suspected Abu Sayyaf members, including a financier, in two separate raids in this city,… »

Gunmen seize teacher, husband in Lanao Norte

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/20 June) – Suspected kidnappers abducted on Wednesday a public school teacher and her husband in Pantao Ragat, Lanao del Norte, a military official disclosed. Abducted were Ashlaine… »

Covenant to protect teachers in Zambo village signed

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/03 June) – Various stakeholders signed Sunday a covenant to ensure the protection and prevent another kidnapping of teachers in an island barangay in the city. Pedro Melchor… »

Chinese businesswoman, daughter seized in Basilan

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/23 May) – Unidentified gunmen wearing camouflage uniforms and bonnet masks seized a Chinese businesswoman and her daughter in Basilan province Thursday, a police official disclosed. Supt. Albert… »

Best Easter gift freedom for all kidnap victims – gov’t peace panel chair

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/20 April) – The best Easter gift would be to see all kidnap victims in the South who were believed seized by Abu Sayyaf bandits released, Miriam Coronel-Ferrer,… »

2 alleged kidnappers killed in Zambo; arrested suspects include cop

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/14 April) – Two alleged members of a kidnap-for-ransom-group were killed while a policeman was wounded in a shootout that broke out when policemen raided a suspected safehouse… »

Zamboanga Norte police arrest kidnap suspect

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/07 April) – One of the six gunmen allegedly behind the abduction last week of a businessman’s son in Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte has been arrested by the… »

Kidnapped school principal freed in Basilan

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/04 April) – Suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits freed Thursday afternoon the school official they seized Monday in Sumisip, Basilan province, an official announced Friday. Mayor Gulam Hataman of… »

Freed kidnap victim says captors took pity on him

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/22 March) – If the police got their information right, a student of a local university was freed by his abductors because the latter heeded his plea to… »

4 captives freed in Sulu

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/13 March) – Gunmen suspected to be Abu Sayyaf bandits have released the four people, including two students, they abducted last March 3 in Sulu, a military official… »

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