A ZAMBOANGUEÑA teacher was safely rescued by joint military and police forces and arrested two ransom receivers early Wednesday in Jolo, Sulu, officials said.
Major General Corleto Vinluan, Joint Task Force Sulu commander, said Rosina Singua, 58, was rescued around 6:05 a.m. Wednesday, October 16, at Room 2 of ANR Hotel in downtown Jolo.
Singua was fetched by her friend, a certain “MM”, on September 27 unaware that she is already subject for abduction.
They were to attend a wedding in Dipolog City but the duo instead boarded a ship en route to Jolo, Sulu. The following day she called her family that she was abducted.
Vinluan said that a surveillance and payoff operation was conducted at Jolo port at 5:45 a.m. Wednesday, where a bag of ransom money amounting to P283,000 was handed over by the victim’s daughter to a young lady whereby the former was advised that her mother was at Room 2 of ANR Hotel.
He said the daughter, accompanied by the operating team, successfully rescued the captive at the hotel.
He said a follow-up operation was conducted that resulted to the apprehension of the ransom taker, Nurina Jura, 22, while waiting for a ride bound for Indanan, Sulu.
“Witnesses said that the abductors of Singua were a young lady, three middle-aged ladies, and a gay,” he said.
He said that another captor, Nurjia Asakil, was apprehended by the team while conducting pursuit operation.
“We are happy that Ms. Singua is safe now and we are able to capture two of her abductors,” said Lieutenant General Cirilito Sobejana, Western Mindanao Command chief.
Sobejana said the troops and policemen are still tracking the whereabouts of the remaining abductors and “we will not stop until we are able to get them.”
Singua is a teacher at the Culianan Learning Center in Zamboanga City. (SunStar Zamboanga)