Text Version
RSS Feeds
Home Forum Photos Features Newsletter Archive Employment
About US Help Site Map
SEARCH   About US FAQ Site Map Site News
  -Text Version
  -RSS Feeds
  -News Archive
  -Give us feedback
  -Voices of Readers
  -Online community
  -China Biz info
  What's new
Kidnapped 7-year-old rescued in S Philippines
+ -
16:17, February 17, 2009

Click the "PLAY" button and listen. Do you like the online audio service here?
Good, I like it
Just so so
I don't like it
No interest
 Related News
 Philippine troops clash with Muslim rebels in south
 Philippine kidnappers strike anew, taking son of bank manager
 Fil-Chinese merchants live with fears as hostage crisis develops in Philippines
 Relief agencies continue operation despite kidnappings in S Philippines
 Military option not best to end Philippines hostage crisis
 Comment  Tell A Friend
 Print Format  Save Article
Philippine security forces on Tuesday rescued a seven-year-old son of a local bank manager from the hands of armed kidnappers in the southern province of Basilan.

The province's Isabela City Mayor Cherry Akbar said that Alson Porticos, 7, son of Shiela Porticos, branch manager of the government's Development Bank of the Philippines, was rescued by Marines and policemen after a brief gunfight with two kidnappers in Sta. Clara, Lamitan town.

Akbar said the two kidnappers were wounded and captured, while the boy was unhurt.

Quoting investigators, Akbar said that Alson, his sister and their driver were aboard a car on their way home to Sunrise Village from school when two men riding on a motorcycle blocked their path and snatched the boy at gunpoint.

Porticos was at least the 14th being snatched by the Al Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group and affiliated gangs in Jolo, Basilan islands, and nearby Zamboanga city in the past month.

Six people, including a nine-year-old, a lending company employee, three teachers, and a Sri Lankan peace worker, remain in captive in the hinterlands of Basilan island, some 900 kilometers south of Manila.

The Abu Sayyaf is also holding three workers of the International Committee of the Red Cross -- Swiss Andres Notter, Italian Eugenio Vagni and Filipina May Jean Lacaba on nearby Jolo island of Sulu province since their abduction on Jan. 15.

Source: Xinhua

  Your Message:   Most Commented:
British boy becomes father at 13 
Why does Israel push for truce in Gaza?
"In Utah, I Get Zero Respect!", Interview with Utah Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.
Satellite collision reflects necessity for int'l laws: Russian expert
U.S. Airways jet's engines lost power simultaneously

|About Peopledaily.com.cn | Advertise on site | Contact us | Site map | Job offer|
Copyright by People's Daily Online, All Rights Reserved