Former Abu Sayyaf captive to officials and media: Please be sensitive

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 June) – A humanitarian worker who was held captive by the Abu Sayyaf for 61 days in 2008 appealed to officials and the media to please be… »

Kidnap victim’s release allegedly a “gesture of goodwill”  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 24 June) – “No ransom” was reportedly paid to the Abu Sayyaf to secure the release early Friday morning of the lone Filipina among four victims kidnapped… »

Kidnap victim freed by Abu Sayyaf; will be presented to Duterte in Davao City

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 24 June) –The lone Filipina among four victims kidnapped from a resort in the Island Garden City of Samal was freed by the Abu Sayyaf early… »

Martial law no solution to Abu Sayyaf menace — Gov. Hataman

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/15 June) — Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Gov. Mujiv Hataman has doubted the wisdom of putting Sulu and Basilan provinces under martial law in a bid to address… »

Palace condemns death of Canadian hostage in Sulu

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/14 June) — Malacañang has condemned the killing Monday of Canadian Robert Hall by the bandit group Abu Sayyaf, an article posted Tuesday in, the website of… »

Canadian PM condemns beheading of Abu kidnap victim

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/26 April) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued on Tuesday a statement condemning the death of Canadian national John Ridsdel in the hands of the Abu Sayyaf… »

Canadian kidnap victim executed by Abu Sayyaf

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 26 April) – The severed head of a Canadian national was found in front of the municipal town hall in Jolo, Sulu Monday, the deadline set… »

Gunmen abduct 6 sawmill workers in Lanao Sur

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 5 Apr) – Unidentified gunmen have abducted six workers of a sawmill factory in Butig town, Lanao del Sur last Monday, the military said.… »

Coast Guard warns of new kidnap threats

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 January) — The Philippine Coast Guard on Wednesday said they have received reports of kidnapping threats by groups in Sulu directed at Samal Island and other areas… »

4 Abu Sayyaf suspects nabbed in Sulu

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/24 October) – Four suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), one of them a woman, were arrested early Saturday in Sulu as military offensive against the… »

Mining exec kidnapped May 3 freed Tuesday

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/21 October) – The finance officer of a mining firm who was kidnapped from a hotel in Bongao, Tawi-tawi on May 3 was freed in Indanan, Sulu on… »

Agusan Sur mayor, son abducted in Butuan

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 20 Oct) – Mayor Dario Otaza of the municipality of Loreto in Agusan del Sur, along with his son, was abducted in his residence in Butuan… »

Suspect in Dipolog kidnapping was nabbed in 2013 for kidnapping

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 October) – The Bishop of Dipolog is asking for prayers for the safe return of kidnap victim Rolando Del Torchio, an Italian restaurant owner in… »

2 suspects investigated for possible involvement in Samal abduction

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/07 October) — Two suspects in the kidnapping of three foreigners and a Filipina in Samal Island, Davao del Norte last Sept. 21 have been placed under investigation… »

Occupancy rate at Samal resorts drops 2 weeks after abduction

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/05 October) – The occupancy rate at the resorts of Samal Island has dropped by 50 percent two weeks after the kidnapping incident at the Holiday Oceanview Resort,… »

Two weeks after the Samal kidnapping, no word from kidnappers

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/04 October) – Two weeks after the Sept. 21 kidnapping of three foreigners and a Filipina from a resort in the Island Garden City of Samal, Davao del… »

Crime index in Davao region down by 28.38%

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/03 Oct) — Before the September 21 kidnapping of three foreigners and a Filipina from a resort in the Island Garden City of Samal, the crime index in… »

Official says it’s too early to assess impact of abduction on Samal tourism

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 September) — The kidnapping of three foreigners and a Filipina in the Island Garden City of Samal on September 21 was an “isolated incident” and has not… »

Kidnappers and Samal 4 victims now in Sulu? 

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 Sept) —  The three foreigners and a Filipino abducted nearly midnight Monday from the Holiday Oceanview Resort in the Island garden City of Samal  have been brought… »

Kidnapping Scene

A security guard mans the entrance of Holiday Oceanview and only allows entry for company employees and construction workers after three of their guests were abducted on Monday evening in… »

Authorities have no clue yet on group behind Samal kidnapping

ISLAND GARDEN CITY OF SAMAL (MindaNews/24 Sept) — The joint military and police forces have not established the identity of the group that abducted three foreigners and a Filipina at… »

President of mining firm among 3 foreigners kidnapped in Samal

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 22 September) – Armed men on board two pumpboats stormed a resort in the Island Garden City of Samal in Davao del Norte late Monday night,… »

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… »

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