Sayyafs free lady trader-A A +A
By Bong Garcia
Friday, September 6, 2013
A LADY marine product trader was freed late Thursday, five months after gunmen believed to be Abu Sayyaf bandits seized her and her business partner in a coastal village in Zamboanga City.
Freed around 4 p.m. Thursday in Jolo, Sulu was Nancy Gonato, 38, the owner of Ocean World Marine Products, said Sulu Police Director Abraham Orbito.
Gonato was abducted last April 7 at her buying station in Barangay Baliwasan by five gunmen who pretended to be marine product dealers. She was kidnapped along with her business partner and relative, Ronnie Sandagon, 50, who was then a councilor of Naga, Zamboanga Sibugay.
Orbito said Gonato was handed over by her captors to a civilian emissary, who brought her to Sulu Governor Abdulsakur Tan II following series of negotiations.
Orbito said he is not aware if ransom was paid to the kidnappers.
The Provincial Government, along with a non-government organization (NGO), had exerted effort for the safe release of the trader, said Orbito.
He believed though that the continued military and police action was also a contributory factor that pressured the Abu Sayyaf bandits to release the victim.
The freed hostage was welcomed by her family upon her arrival in Zamboanga City Friday morning. She was transported to the city from Sulu by military helicopter.
Orbito said they are trying to obtain information concerning the fate of Sandagon, who was reportedly taken to Patikul, Sulu.