Police rescue Chinese-Filipino trader, arrest 4 abductors in S Philippines

12:10, September 22, 2010      

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Philippine Government security forces rescued a kidnapped Chinese-Filipino businessman and arrested four of the kidnappers during an operation Tuesday afternoon in a village in this city, official said.

Vinton So, 47, was rescued, two days after he was abducted Sunday noon from his junkshop office in Sta. Maria community.

The suspects and the victim were tracked in a village in Talon- Talon, east coast of Zamboanga City, said Col. Santiago Baluyot, Task force Zamboanga commander.

Baluyot said after they spotted the safehouse, they waited for hours before the rescue was hatched about 3:30 p.m..

"We waited for timing before our combined forces swooped the hideout and rescued the victim," Baluyot said.

At least four of the suspects -- two males and two females, were cornered before they put some resistance. Names of the suspects were not immediately made available as they were placed under tactical interrogation.

The rescue operation was with careful planning and deliberate, Baluyot said."We wanted to ensure the safety of the victim," he said.

So, who was immediately reunited with his wife, expressed his gratitude to local officials and authorities for his safe recovery.

"I'm lucky and I'm happy that I am alive," So told reporters, adding that during his brief ordeal the kidnappers handcuffed, blind folded and kept him only in the house where he was rescued.

"I was fed but my hands were handcuffed," So said, adding that the kidnappers had negotiated with his family directly and demanded ransom. He declined to tell what was the amount asked by the abductors.

After So's rescue, he was unperturbed and will continue to stay in Zamboanga City to continue his business.

Source: Xinhua


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