Kidnapped rice trader freed-A A +A
By Bong Garcia
Thursday, October 10, 2013
GUNMEN believed to be members of a kidnap-for-ransom-group (KFRG) have released a rice trader they have kidnapped in the province of Zamboanga del Sur, police reported Thursday.
Zamboanga Peninsula police information officer Ariel Huesca said the victim, Lee Tan, was freed around 8:45 a.m. Wednesday in a secluded place in the village of Esperanza, Ramon Magsaysyay, Zamboanga del Sur.
Tan, 37, was released four days after the suspected KFRG men kidnapped him.
Tan, a resident of the village of Sto. Niño, Pagadian City, was on his way last Saturday to Aurora town, Zamboanga del Sur, purposely to pay debt to a certain Ruby when kidnapped by four gunmen.
Huesca said that investigation showed Tan was waylaid by four gunmen wearing bonnet masks and riding in tandem on two motorcycles who tailed him while he was driving his vehicle en route to Aurora.
Huesca said the suspects boarded Tan’s vehicle and at gunpoint ordered the victim to proceed to the municipality of Ramon Magsaysay, also in Zamboanga del Sur.
He said the gunmen, upon reaching the village of Eastern Bobongan, Ramon Magsaysay, covered the head of Tan with a bonnet mask and transferred the victim to a motorcycle that sped off to an unknown direction.
He said the kidnappers drove the motorcycle for almost an hour and dumped Tan to a house the location of which is unknown to the victim.
He said the kidnappers took the P90,000 cash Tan was bringing when he was kidnapped.
Early Wednesday, Huesca said they were told by Tan that the kidnappers blindfolded and brought the victim to an unknown place that later turn out to be in the village of Esperanza, Ramon Magsaysay town.
He said that it was in the area the policemen have safely recovered Tan around 8:45 a.m. Wednesday.
He said they are not aware whether or not Tan’s family paid ransom in exchange for the release of the victim.
The kidnappers have called Tan’s wife hours after they kidnapped the victim last Saturday and demanded P500,000 in exchange for the release of the rice trader.
Huesca said Tan was placed under the custody of the Anti-Kidnapping Group for medical examination and debriefing.
Investigation continues in a bid to unmask the suspects, Huesca said.