Police urged to charge teacher’s kidnappers

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Monday, March 17, 2014


A TOP education official has called on the police to pursue criminal charges against the kidnappers of a public school teacher of Zamboanga City.

City Schools Division Officer-in-Charge Pedro Melchor Natividad’s made the call after the release of Cathy Mae Casipong, teacher at the Sibogtok Primary School, last Wednesday, after two months and 20 days captivity.

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ZAMBOANGA. Teacher Cathy Mae Casipong expresses gratitude to all the people who help work for her release while Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar intensely listens when she was presented Wednesday to the media. (Bong Garcia/File photo)


The Sibogtok Primary School is located in the village of Limaong, 83 kilometers east of the city.

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Casipong, 23, was released at a bus terminal in the village of Sanito, Ipil, the capital town of the nearby Zamboanga Sibugay province.

“On behalf of the DepEd, I’m calling for justice. I urge the police to file cases and arrest those are supposed to be arrested,” Natividad said.

Casipong, who was barely on her sixth month of assignment as a public school teacher, was seized by 10 gunmen aboard two motorized bancas last December 18 near Sitio Paraitan, Limaong.

Casipong and her co-teachers were aboard a motorized banca on the way to the city proper via the village of Vitali, 73 kilometers east of this city, when the gunmen waylaid the group and seized her.

Natividad said they will allow Casipong to go on vacation and will be transferred to a school near where she lives.

He said that Casipong’s psychosocial needs will be attended, too.

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