Remaining Zamboangueño hostage escapes

THE Naval Forces Western Mindanao (NFWM) troops have safely recovered the remaining Zamboangueño construction worker that the Abu Sayyaf bandits kidnapped almost a month ago in Sulu, a top military official said on Monday, August 14.

Rear Admiral Rene Medina, NFWM commander, said Edmundo Ramos was recovered around 1 a.m., Monday, in the vicinity of Tapiantana Island, Tabuan Lasa, Basilan province.

He said Ramos, who was injured, was immediately taken to the Camp Navarro General Hospital for treatment.

Ramos, a resident of Barangay Tumaga, said he was taken to Tapiantana Island by a “concerned individual” whom he sought help after his escape on Sunday, August 13, from the custody of the Abu Sayyaf bandits.

Ramos was among the five Zamboangueño construction workers the bandits have kidnapped while they were asleep in their barracks at the Provincial Sports Complex on July 15 in Patikul, Sulu.

One of the five identified as Jenly Miranda escaped hours after they were seized.

The other three namely Jason Vailoces, Joel Adanza, and Filemon Guerrero Jr. have escaped on August 10, and were safely recovered around 9 a.m., Friday, August 11, in the village of Kagay, Talipao, Sulu.

Medina turned over Ramos on Monday to Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar and consequently to his family. (SunStar Philippines)


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