DAVAO CITY -- Authorities identified Sunday the armed men who have been holding hostage 16 teachers and students in Prosperidad town, Agusan del Sur province.

The hostage-takers, according to Bombo Radyo reports, were led by Kimkim Perez. Members of the armed group were Rey Joy Brital, Rolando Perez alias Elag Perez, Alejandro Navarro Brital alis Toto, and Allan Perez alias Lalang.

The hostage-takers are all members of tribal minorities in Agusan del Sur.

They were armed with high-powered firearms, such as M16 and M14, a 30 Carbine rifle, a shotgun, and .45 caliber pistol. (Sunnex)