Gunmen seize teacher, husband

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Friday, June 20, 2014


UNIDENTIFIED gunmen abducted a public school teacher and her husband in the province of Lanao del Norte, a military official said.

One of the gunmen, though, was arrested by authorities with the people's help.

Army's 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Officer-in-Charge Captain Franco Suelto said the abduction took place around 5:45 p.m. Wednesday in the village of Poblacion, Pantao Ragat, Lanao del Norte.

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Suelto identified the victims as Ashlaine Pangadir and her husband, Zacaria, residents of Sitio Pagalongan, Sandor village, Baloi, Lanao del Norte.

Pangadir is a teacher at Pantao Ragat Central Elementary School.

Suelto said the gunmen forced the victims to board a vehicle and sped toward Baloi town.

Suelto identified one of the gunmen as Madid Umbra alias Mactan, who was arrested around 9:45 a.m. in Barangay Lumindong, Pantao Ragat.

Umbra was seen by the residents loitering for almost three days before the incident in the area where the couple was seized.

Suelto said it was found out that Umbra is facing a string of criminal charges and has a standing warrant of arrest for multiple murder with attempted frustrated murder and double attempted murder dated March 18, 2002 issued by a court in Iligan City.

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