Micro finance staff ‘abducted for marriage’

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/21 July) – The abduction of a female micro finance staff is a case of “abduction for marriage” and not another case of kidnap-for-ransom, a top police official disclosed on Saturday.

Director Manuel Barcena, chief of the Directorate for Integrated Police Operations-Western Mindanao, made the pronouncement after communications had been established between the victim’s family and the alleged abductor.

The victim, Raina Mohammad Suaso, 25, a staff of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, was abducted at around 8:10 a.m. Friday in Sitio Palar, Barangay Liang, Patikul town in Sulu.

Investigation showed that Suaso was abducted by three gunmen, who forced her to board a red Tamarraw jeep that sped to an unknown direction.

“The elders were able to talk with the alleged abductor who said he will be paying a dowry,” Barcena said.

A dowry is money paid by the groom or his family to the bride’s parents.

Barcena, however, did not identify the suspects behind the incident. (Mindanews)