Gunmen seize teacher, husband in Lanao Norte

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/20 June) – Suspected kidnappers abducted on Wednesday a public school teacher and her husband in Pantao Ragat, Lanao del Norte, a military official disclosed.

Abducted were Ashlaine Pangadir and her husband, Zacaria, residents of Sitio Pagalongan, Barangay Sandor, Baloi, Lanao del Norte.

Pangadir is a teacher at Pantao Ragat Central Elementary School.

Capt. Franco Suelto, 1st Infantry Division public affairs officer-in-charge, said the victims were seized by a group of gunmen aboard a Tamaraw FX around 5:45 p.m. Wednesday in Barangay Poblacion, Pantao Ragat.

Suelto said the armed men forced the victims to board the vehicle and sped off in the direction of Baloi town.

He said that one of the suspects, Madid Umbra alias Mactan was arrested around 9:45 a.m. Thursday in Barangay Lumindong, Pantao Ragat.

The Army official said Umbra was later found to be facing a string of criminal charges.

Suelto said Umbra has a standing warrant of arrest for multiple murder with attempted frustrated murder and double attempted murder issued on March 18, 2002 by a Court in Iligan City.

He said residents saw the suspect loitering in the area where the couple was seized for almost three days before the incident. (MindaNews)