Gunmen free school official in Zambo

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Friday, August 22, 2014


PAGADIAN CITY -- Kidnappers have released a public school official who was abducted almost seven months ago in Zamboanga del Sur, a top police official said Friday.

Zamboanga del Sur police director Sr. Supt. Sofronio Ecaldre said Rudy Luna was released around 11:51 p.m. Tuesday at the fish port of Tukuran town.

Ecaldre said Luna’s release was not immediately announced because they were still conducting a follow-up investigation.

Ecaldre said Luna revealed during the debriefing conducted by the Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG) that he was instructed to board a motorized banca accompanied by two gunmen and left the place of his captivity around 7 p.m. Tuesday.

They were tailed by two other gunmen aboard another motorized banca while they sailed at high seas until they reached the fish port of Tukuran town, where Luna’s captors abandoned him.

Ecaldre said Luna, who is familiar to the place, walked until he reached the residence of his policeman-brother, Jun Luna, around 12:15 a.m. Wednesday.

Ecaldre said his personnel and the AKG brought Luna to the hospital for medical treatment. Since Wednesday, Luna remained confined at the hospital.

Luna was kidnapped together with his wife, Tessie, by gunmen who barged into their residence in Barangay Diplo, Kumalarang town, on January 27, 2014.

The couple are both school supervisors in the municipality of Kumalarang. (PNA)

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