Kidnapped Marawi trader released after paying ransom

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews/15 Sept) — A Maranao trader kidnapped over two weeks ago was released before dawn today allegedly after paying “board and lodging” money amounting to P350,000 to his abductors, a police official said.

Senior Supt. Cosanie M. Derogongan said that Abdulcader Madarang was released at Barangay Bubonga Lilod Madaya in Marawi City at 2:30 a.m. after Maranao elders, tasked by Gov. Mamintal Adiong Jr., negotiated with the abductors.

Madarang was turned over to barangay chair Abul Radia and presented to the province’s Crisis Management Committee.

Derogongan said a total of P350,000 was paid to the kidnappers in exchange of Madarang’ release. The ransom demand is also referred to in Lanao as “board and lodging” money, which abductors demand supposedly to refund their expenses while the victim is under their custody.

The police official, however, did not disclose where the money came from.

The suspected leader of the kidnap gang was identified as Ali D. Tawan alias Kumander Agila, reportedly of the municipality of Molundo in Lanao del Sur. A case has been filed by provincial prosecutors, reports said.

Madarang, 42, was kidnapped by armed men early morning on Aug. while he was on his way to the “padian” (market) on board a pedicab driven by Amiladen Comilao. The vehicle was flagged down by five the suspects who were riding a white Honda Civic without plates. (MindaNews)