Abu Sayyafs free businesswoman

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014


KIDNAPPERS believed to be Abu Sayyaf bandits have released in Zamboanga City a businesswoman they seized more than four months following a series of negotiations, an ex-government official said.

Former Basilan Vice-Governor Alrasheed Sakkalahul said businesswoman Sabrina Voon was released around noontime Wednesday at a wharf in the village of Baliwasan, west of the city.

Voon was seized by six gunmen clad in police uniforms who barged into her residence in the evening of February 19, 2014 in the village of Mercedes, east of this city.

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Sakkalahul said Voon’s release came after negotiations he facilitated between the families and the Basilan-based kidnappers upon the request of the family of the victim.

Sakkalahul said Voon’s family sought his assistance after they learned that the victim was taken to Basilan province.

Voon, upon her release, boarded a tricycle and was met by her family along the highway in the village of Guiwan and headed home.

Sakkalahul however said he has no knowledge whether or not the family of Voon paid ransom in exchange for the release of the victim.

Earlier, the kidnappers have demanded P5 million in ransom in exchange for the victim’s freedom. (Bong Garcia)

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