Abducted girl recovered hours later

Reports said suspects Mercy Kabasag, 17, and Lilibeth Sangreta, 22, took the victim from the hardware around 2 p.m. Monday. They then proceeded to Cotabato City, but was intercepted by authorities at the city’s wharf around 7:45 p.m. Police said the suspects wanted to bring the girl to Pagadian City.

Obatay said that to conceal the girl, the suspects wrapped her in a malong (all-purpose tubular cloth).

Charges of kidnapping will be filed against the suspects, who are now detained at a jail in Cotabato City, he added.

Obatay said the suspects were in contact with one Jessie Ahmad Saipan, reportedly involved in a kidnapping syndicate.