Groups behind abduction in N. Cotabato identified

KIDAPAWAN CITY -- Police and anti-kidnapping task force have already identified at least three groups that could be responsible for the abduction of 19-year-old student in Midsayap, North Cotabato.

Superintendent Renante delos Santos, chief of Midsayap police, identified the groups of Commanders "Super Power," Kinsay, and Toks Kalbo as behind the kidnapping last Saturday of Mark Anthony Baya, student of the Notre Dame of Midsayap College and son of a retired Army officer.

He also identified at least six possible members of these groups with their aliases as Bhutto, Dhats, Teng, Akas, Diro, and Apon.

Delos Santos said as of Monday, Baya's family has not received a ransom demand from any of these groups.

Police said pursuit operations are still underway in order to rescue Baya and arrest those responsible for the kidnapping.

Baya's kidnapping is the fifth incident in North Cotabato since 2011.

The other four kidnapping incidents, according to delos Santos, were masterminded by these commanders.

Baya was inside their store at Barangay Tumbras in Midsayap when at least five masked men alighted from a gray Mitsubishi vehicle and forcibly snatched him around 7:20 p.m. Saturday.

Pursuing cops and Army officers recovered the vehicle abandoned at nearby Barangay Malingao, also in Midsayap which is near the marsh.

Authorities hinted Baya was brought to an area in northern Kabuntalan in Maguindanao province, believed to be the hideout of these kidnap-for-ransom groups. (Malu Cadelina Manar/Sun.Star Davao/Sunnex)
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