Rescued businesswoman reunites with family in Zamboanga City

CAMP NAVARRO, Zamboanga City –- Martina Yee, the abducted businesswoman the troops rescued early Wednesday in the province of Sulu, has reunited with her family in this city.

Yee was airlifted by a military helicopter from Camp Bautista in Jolo, Sulu, hours after her rescue and arrived in this camp around 3 p.m. Wednesday.

She was met by her family members and top military officials of the Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) upon arrival.

From the helipad, Yee, clad in black pants, orange and white striped t-shirt and blue jacket with hood, was taken to Camp Navarro General Hospital (CNGH) for another medical check-up although she had undergone check-up earlier in Camp Bautista.

Yee and her family are expected to return anytime to Sirawai, Zamboanga del Norte. They refused to be interviewed by the media.

Yee, who owns and manages a hardware, was seized by seven gunmen around 3:40 p.m. Monday (Sept. 19) in the coastal Barangay Poblacion, Sirawai, Zamboanga del Norte.

Joint Task Force Sulu troops rescued Yee around 7 a.m. Wednesday in Barangay Kajatian, Indanan, Sulu.

Maj. Filemon Tan Jr., Westmincom spokesperson, said the rescue of Yee was a result of continuous intelligence build-up immediately after receiving information of the group’s plan to hand over the victim to Sulu-based Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG).

Tan said the troops of the Army’s 501st Infantry Brigade manning the Palakaya (locally-made boat in Sulu) were alerted of the presence of six armed men with the kidnapped victim upon docking at the pier in Barangay Kajatian, Indanan.

He said the kidnappers hastily left and abandoned Yee for fear of being caught by the pursuing government troops.

“Military troops continue to conduct pursuit operations as of this moment,” he added. Ely Dumaboc/PNA/