Businessman kidnapped in S. Philippines

16:18, June 17, 2010      

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Fully armed kidnappers abducted a businessman Thursday morning when he came out of his farm in an island off the village of Bolong in Zamboanga city, in south Philippines, police said.

The victim of the latest kidnapping spree was identified as Vicente Barrios, 60, caretaker and corporate operator of the Dragon Marine Product, based in this resort village, 33 kilometers east of the city proper.

The abduction of Barrios came barely a day when combined police and military unit rescued Swiss-born Filipino Charlie Rieth who was held for 71 days in captivity.

Edwin de Ocampo, a local police office, said the victim and his pumpboat operator Raing Haruddin were coming off from their fish cage farm in Bisaya-Bisaya Island off Panubigan when they were intercepted at about 8:35 a.m.

De Ocampo said the five kidnappers were on board two pumpboats, one with outrigger and the other powered by twin engines.

De Ocampo said based on intelligence information, the kidnappers were led by a member of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) operating kidnapping for ransom and piracy in Sibugay area.

He said the group was responsible for the series of kidnapping in Zamboanga Sibugay province involving three teachers last year and the kidnapping of a retired armyman who became a businessman in this city in February.

The Naval Force in Western Mindanao (NFWM) immediately launched a search against the kidnappers who were still believed hiding in the islands.

Source: Xinhua


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