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 Jay Garban, 2, a grandchild of Pitogo Mayor Richard Garban, was plucked out from the sea by fishermen near the town’s shore around 8 a.m., Senior Supt. Sofronio Ecaldre, Zamboanga del Sur police director said.

Ecaldre said the fishermen brought to Pitogo the child’s body, which was positively identified by the victim’s family.

Garban, her three-year-old elder brother, Ace Jay, and bakery worker Ledegie Tomarong, 17, were seized by 10 gunmen during a shootout around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the fish port in Barangay Poblacion, Pitogo.

The shootout ensued as policemen pursued the gunmen who tried but failed to seize their target, businesswoman Chzarenia Kapa Sajulga, who owns a bakery in downtown Pitogo.

The gunmen made good their escape as they grabbed the three children, who were at the fish port, and made them as human shields preventing the policemen from further pursuing them.

Ecaldre said investigation showed that the victim, who bore contusions in the neck, was apparently strangled to death and thrown into the sea.

He said policemen and soldiers were tracking down the whereabouts of the other hostages.

The gunmen, who escaped aboard two motorized bancas, sped towards Zamboanga Sibugay province. (MindaNews)

  • friend of mindanao

    No moslems no die. No islam no cry.
    Ban islam!
    The Koran was written by a mass murderer. It is a bible for terrorists. It contains hundreds of commands to murder mutilate and enslave unbelievers. The hadith is full of the examples of mohammed putting those terrorist commands into practice.
    Mohammed murdered/beheaded many hundreds. He raped women in front of their husbands then murdered the husbands and enslaved the women for sex.
    This explains why these moslem scum commit the heinous acts such as this.
    By its rotten fruit you can identify a worthless tree.
    So also you can identify an evil “false prophet”. Matthew 7;19,20
    Islam is a disease, a virus, a cancer. It has no place in civilisation.

    • friend of mindanao

      notice moslem cannot reply to this truth.

    • Mercury Helium

      sad but true ..

      • friend of mindanao

        Again, well said MC

      • friend of mindanao

        Again, well said MC

  • UPnnGrd

    When was the last time the MILF did peace-and-order operations against bandits and kidnappers? Ang daming informants ng MILF at ang dami nilang armas…. does the MILF help?

    • friend of mindanao

      Well stated. tolerating islam is a one way street. They want to be appeased and rewarded for heinous acts of murder and terror with an Islamic state in Mindanao. never may that happen.