Kidnapped mechanic freed in Sulu

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/28 August) – Suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits released late Wednesday a mechanic after holding him captive for 11 days in the mountains of Sulu.

Ronald Pelegrin, 38, said he was released in Barangay Danag, Patikul.

From there, he proceeded to the Provincial Engineer’s Office (PEO) in downtown Patikul where he works as chief mechanic.

The PEO contacted the Anti-Kidnapping Group of the police upon his arrival at the office.

Pelegrin, escorted by AKG personnel, arrived early Thursday in this city aboard a commercial ferry. His family met them at the port.

He was then taken to Camp Batalla where he underwent medical check-up.

Pelegrin and his family went home around 11 a.m. Thursday in Baranghay Salaan this city.

He said he did not know whether or not ransom was paid for his release.

Earlier, the Abu Sayyaf bandits had demanded P15 million for his freedom.

Pelegrin said he will no longer return to his work at the PEO in Sulu.

The bandits seized Pelegrin and his cousin and assistant, Dante Avilla, 29, from their sleeping quarters at the PEO compound on the night of August 16.

But the bandits killed Avilla for refusing to go with them. (MindaNews)