2 kidnapped DSWD staff freed

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Sunday, July 20, 2014


ZAMBOANGA CITY -- Two government workers kidnapped by suspected Abu Sayyaf bendits were released in Sulu, a police official said Sunday.

Sulu Police Director Abraham Orbita said the victims, Agustino Sicangco, and his wife, Nurhati, were freed Saturday afternoon in the municipality of Patikul.

Orbita, however, did not say whether ransom was paid in exchange for the couple’s release.

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The Sicangco couple was among the four employees (not three as earlier reported) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DSWD-Armm) who were abducted by suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits.

The victims were conducting a survey for the DSWD’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) when the bandits seized them around 2 p.m. Thursday in Barangay Upper Sinumaan, Talipao.

One of the four, Lerma Jurah, was freed Friday in the village of Danag, Patikul.

The other co-worker of the victims identified as Robert Saputalo remains in captivity.

Orbita said the Sicangco couple, upon their release in the village of Danag, was brought by their relatives to the residence of Patikul Vice Mayor Jun Tarsum in Barangay Umangay.

From there, Orbita and his personnel fetched them to the Integrated Provincial Health Office for medical check-up.

The couple was later escorted to their residence, Orbita said. (Sunnex)

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