Gunmen seize village chief, businesswoman

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Friday, December 13, 2013

GUNMEN have separately abducted a barangay official and a businesswoman in two provinces in the Zamboanga Peninsula area, the police reported Friday.

Zamboanga Peninsula police information officer Chief Inspector Ariel Huesca identified the victims as Cecilia Alas-as, a village chief, and Cynthia Cavoberde, 48, a businesswoman.

Huesca said Alas-as was inside her residence when three gunmen wearing bonnets barged and seized her at gunpoint around 8 p.m. Thursday.

He said the gunmen took Alas-as to the shore and forced her to board a motorized banca that sped toward Labuan village in Zamboanga City.

Huesca said Cavoberde was abducted by six gunmen around 8:45 p.m. at Sitio Palid in Barangay Magdaup, Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay.

Investigation showed that Cavoberde and her husband were aboard a truck coming from the Ipil port where she paid salary to her fishing boat crew when a man who hitched ride pulled a gun and commanded them to the beach when they reached Sitio Palid in the village of Magdaup, Huesca said.

He said five other gunmen surfaced when they reached the beach and the suspects divested Cavoberde of P800,000 in cash.

Not contented, he said, the suspects dragged Cavoberde and forced her to on a motorized banca and sped to the high seas.

Meanwhile, Huesca said that Ipil policemen backed by personnel from the Provincial Public Safety Company have arrested one of the suspects in a follow-up operation.

Arrested around 1 a.m. Friday was Adzar Chiong, 25, a resident of Sitio Timex in the village of Bangkerohan, Ipil town, he said.

Huesca said Chiong was positively identified by Ricky Albon, the victim’s cousin and driver, as one the gunmen who seized Cavoberde.

Policemen, in coordination with the military, are continuously tracking down the whereabouts of the victims, Huesca said.

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