PATIKUL, Sulu (DWDD) – Fifteen unidentified armed men believed to be members of Abu Sayaff Kidnap-for-Ransom Group forcibly took at gunpoint six individuals in Phase 4, Kalimayahan Village, Brgy. Latih, Patikul, Sulu on Tuesday, 8:45 p.m.
The victims are: Jessy Trinidad, 55; Nene Trinidad, 56; Aloh Trinidad, 22; Lucy Hapole, 21; Junjun Hapole, 13; and Nelson Hapole, 7 years old.
The abduction was immediately reported by concerned citizens to JTF Sulu and PNP that hastily dispatched quick reaction teams to verify the report and conduct pursuit operations.
“This incident again demonstrates that the notorious kidnappers in Sulu are victimizing anybody including their fellow Tausugs even those who have less in life. Such hostility reminds us that security is everybody’s responsibility”, said Brig. Gen. Cirilito E. Sobejana, JTF Sulu Commander.
While the military is primarily responsible in serving the people and securing the land, concerned civilians are advised to take pro-active measures and ensure that anything unusual within their view are reported right away to the authorities to warrant prompt action and pre-empt any similar incident from happening, BGen Sobejana further said. JTF Sulu/ MCAG