Troops rescue abducted businesswoman in Sulu

IPIL, Zamboanga Sibugay — Government forces have safely rescued a businesswoman who was seized by the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) brigands in Sirawai town in the nearby province of Zamboanga del Norte on Monday.

Ayub Pia, acting Sirawai municipal administrator, told the Philippines News Agency by phone that Martina Lim Yee, 69 (not Christina as earlier reported), was rescued early Wednesday in the coast of Indanan, Sulu.

“The son-in-law was able to talk to her (Martina) through phone,” Pia said.

“The troops from the 35th Infantry Battalion, Joint Task Force Sulu, rescued kidnap victim Martina Yee in Sulu this morning,” Maj. Filemon Tan Jr., Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) spokesperson said in a text message.

The Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) brigands, were forced to abandon Yee, since she was weak and is hampering their movements as troops were hot on their trail.

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

Yee was at her hardware store when the seven ASG brigands barged in and abducted her.

They dragged Yee to a waiting double engine motorized banca and sped towards the direction of Barangay Pugus, Sirawai, Zamboanga del Norte.

From there, she was transported to Indanan, Sulu where the troops rescued her. Dennis C. Baguio and Ely E. Dumaboc/PNA/