Search for kidnapped Filipina, Chinese intensified-A A +A
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
THE police and military have doubled their effort by deploying more troops in the possible passages of the group that abducted a Filipino and Chinese nationals at a resort in Malaysia last Thursday.
In a telephone interview, Chief Superintendent Agrimero Cruz Jr., commander of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Anti-Kidnapping Task Force in Sulu, said they augmented their troops by deploying 88 policemen from the Public Safety Battalion of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm), in the towns of Indanan, Patikul and Jolo.
"We are expecting additional manpower from the Special Action Force and the Marines in the coming days and we have also asked for the help of the local Moro leaders living near the shorelines to immediately inform us if ever they monitor possible movement of the kidnapping group with their victims," he said.
"They (Moro Islamic leaders) made a commitment that they will maximize their connections in the community to expand our intelligence networks on the ground," Cruz added.
Cruz said by analyzing the previous kidnapping incidents conducted by the Abu Sayyaf group, they have found out that the victims being taken in other parts of Western Mindanao such as in Zamboanga Peninsula are being turned-over to their Sulu-based members by immediately transporting them passing through the routes of the three said towns.
Pursuit operations would then become difficult the moment the Abu Sayyaf gets hold of the victims, with the bandit group taking care of the negotiations, he said.
However, anti-kidnapping task force commander said they will make sure that this time the ASG and their affiliated groups would be denied access to Sulu by posting as many soldiers and policemen in the shorelines of the three identified major passages.
On April 3, unidentified armed men abducted Marcy Danawan, a Filipina, and Gao Hua Yun, a Chinese national, in Singamata Resort in Sempurna, Sabah, Malaysia. The group sped off to an unidentified location.
Malaysian authorities believed that the victims were brought to Mindanao.
On April 4, Philippine Navy Western Mindanao Command spokesperson Captain Rowena Muyuela said that they have been exerting their best effort to search and locate the probable area where the two victims were taken.
Both the military and the police said that there is no proof yet that the kidnap victims and their abductors have already set foot in any part of Sulu, Basilan and Tawi-Tawi. (Sunnex)