Kidnapped Basilan vice mayor freed in Pagadian City

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/07 March) – The vice mayor of a town in Basilan who was abducted Tuesday was released Wednesday in Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur.

Chief Insp. Ariel Huesca, Police Regional Office-9 information officer, said the victim, Vice Mayor Arsina Nanoh of Hadji Muhtammad, Basilan, was released early morning Wednesday.

Huesca said Nanoh was made to board the 1 p.m. flight Wednesday from Pagadian to Manila where her husband, Alnajil, reportedly met her.

Nanoh, 20, was abducted Tuesday by a group of unidentified persons at a shopping mall in this city.

The police official said Nanoh’s mother, Sitti Raddah Kahing, and Alnajil confirmed the victim’s release.

But Supt. Sofronio Ecaldre, Zamboanga del Sur police director, denied Nanoh was freed in Pagadian.

Ecaldre said that he ordered his personnel to check the veracity of the report “but it turned out to be negative.”

He said he was even surprised when several reporters called him asking about the release of the vice mayor.

He, however, said they will continue to verify the report. (MindaNews)