The Philippine Star

Mil­i­tary ex­pands search for Bri­tish trader, wife

- By ROEL PAREÑO Crime · Zamboanga Peninsula · Zamboanga del Norte · Zamboanga del Sur

ZAM­BOANGA CITY – The mil­i­tary has launched mas­sive air and ground search and res­cue op­er­a­tions for a Bri­tish busi­ness­man and his Filip­ina wife, who were seized by still uniden­ti­fied men in Tuku­ran, Zam­boanga del Sur more than a week ago.

This was done af­ter the mu­nic­i­pal po­lice’s ef­forts to track the kid­nap­pers yielded no clues on the iden­ti­ties of the sus­pects.

The lo­cal po­lice had the sus­pects’ im­ages sketched based on the de­scrip­tions of the wit­nesses, but it has yet to iden­tify them or de­ter­mine if they be­long to a group.

All avail­able naval and air as­sets have been uti­lized by the task force that con­ducted mar­itime and aerial op­er­a­tions, ac­cord­ing to Maj. Arvin John Enci­nas, spokesman for the Western Min­danao Com­mand.

Ground troop­ers ex­panded the search and res­cue op­er­a­tions in the en­tire Zam­boanga penin­sula.

“This is to nar­row down the route and lo­ca­tion of the kid­nap­pers,” Enci­nas said.

Sources in Zam­boanga del Sur said the kid­nap­pers have at­tempted to con­tact the vic­tims’ fam­ily.

Au­thor­i­ties re­fused to com­ment on the in­for­ma­tion as they cau­tioned the pub­lic against spec­u­lat­ing as this might put the lives of the vic­tims in dan­ger.

The vic­tims, who op­er­ate a beach re­sort and a pri­vate school in the town, were seized in Barangay Alin­da­haw on Oct. 4.

The kid­nap­pers dragged the cou­ple into two wait­ing mo­tor­boats, which fled in dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions.

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