Zambo mayor wants deep probe of teacher’s kidnapping

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/27 Dec) – Police and military authorities have been strongly urged to conduct a deep investigation surrounding the kidnapping of a public school teacher in this city.

Mayor Celso Lobregat, who chairs the Crisis Management Committee (CMC), made the call after suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits freed Flordeliza Ongchua, 48, of Labuan Elementary School.

Ongchua was freed Monday morning along Marina Street in Jolo, Sulu, one month and 11 days after she was abducted from her home in Barangay Labuan, this city, last November 13.

Lobregat said the investigation should focus on the identities of Ongchua’s abductors and how she ended up in the province of Sulu.

Lobregat noted that Ongchua was abducted by eight gunmen clad in police and military uniforms who dragged her to the shoreline and forced to board on one of the two waiting motorized bancas where another five gunmen were waiting and sped towards Sibuco, Zamboanga del Norte.

Ongchua’s release came after a series of negotiations between her family and Abu Sayyaf bandits who are allegedly followers of the late bandit leader Mujiv Susukan.

She and her family did not issue any statement when briefly presented to the members of the media in this city.

Lobregat said he wanted the case thoroughly investigated and the culprits charged in court to avoid a repetition of the same incident. (MindaNews)