3 fishermen probed over abduction of marine product firm worker


ZAMBOANGA CITY — Three people were invited for questioning to help shed light in the abduction of a marine products firm secretary in the province of Zamboanga Sibugay, a top police official disclosed Monday.

The victim, Laarni Buen, 38, the secertary of the Cebeles Marine Products company, was seized by seven gunmen believed to be members of a kidnap-for-ransom-group (KFRG) on April 3 at Purok Maabiabihon, Barangay Poblacion, Malangas, Zamboanga Sibugay.

Chief Supt. Edwin De Ocampo, deputy regional director for administration (DRDA), said those invited for questioning were all fishermen and residents of Barangay Ilisan in the nearby town of Alicia.

De Ocampo said that a team of policemen led by Senior Insp. Joemar Mukarram were scouring Sitio Dalama, Barangay Ilisan, after receiving information that some of Buen’s abductors were seen in the area when the three fishermen approached them.

The fishermen told the police that two members of the lawless group, namely Jalil Sanday and a certain Lagbas, armed with handguns, borrowed a motorboat from one of them in the evening of April 6.

The two bandits sped to the open sea of Alicia town as the owner, out of fear, was forced to lend his motorboat to Sanday and Lagbas.

De Ocampo said the owner of the motorboat was a childhood friend of the two, who were former residents of Barangays Sinusayan and Camanga, Malangas town.

Earlier, six lawless group members, who surrendered to the authorities, were also placed under investigation to shed light over the abduction of Buen.

De Ocampo said the troops are continuously scouring all areas where the KFRG men are possibly keeping Buen hostage.

It was unclear whether there are already demands in exchange for the safe release of the victim. Teofilo Garcia, Jr/PNA-northboundasia.com