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Wives of abducted Zamboangueños appeal for husbands' safe release

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The wives of the abducted Zamboangueño construction workers and painters yesterday appealed to government authorities to help facilitate the release of their husbands.

May Guerrero, Rosalie Adanza and Myla Vailoces, wives of Felimon Guerrero, Joel Adanza and Jayson Vailoces respectively, asked the government to save their husbands from the hands of the kidnappers who took them to the mountainous area of Patikul, Sulu.

Myla Vailoces is also the sister of Edmundo Ramos, who was also taken by the suspects.

The three are all residents of Tierra Madre and Caridad in barangay Tumaga.

On Saturday at around 1:30 dawn, five Zamboangueño construction workers and painters were abducted by more or less ten armed men believed to be Abu Sayyaf bandits in barangay Bangkal, Patikul, Sulu.

Reports from the Patikul Municipal Police Station revealed that six of the suspects entered the Kawpang Elementary School Sports Complex in Patikul and forcibly dragged the victims identified as Joel Adanza, Felimon Jung Guerrero, Edmundo Ramos, Jayson Vailoces all residents of barangay Tumaga and Jenly Miranda of barangay Pasonanca, Zamboanga City.

At the height of the commotion, Larry Velasquez, also a resident of barangay Tumaga, was able to jumped out of the window from the second level of the building.

In an interview, Andy Velasquez, father of Larry, disclosed that his son was wounded when one of the suspects fired at him when he was escaping.

The father said Larry went to Sulu last May 10, 2017 and was contracted to paint the sports complex there.

He expressed relief that his son was able to escape from the bandits.

It was Velasquez who went to the Patikul Municipal Police Station to report the incident.

The three wives said their husbands went to Sulu last January to paint the sports complex and also the Patikul Mosque.

The police disclosed that the suspects, who were wearing camouflage uniforms, dragged their captives along Daan Puti heading towards the mountain of Patikul.

One of the wives disclosed that Jenly Miranda was able to escape from the kidnappers at around 4:00 in the afternoon of Saturday.

“Ya amara el maga mano diila todo pero si Jenly cay atras de todo ya puede desata cunel amaro y ya corre. Ya salta ele na pampang, Talla daw este ele na Brigade,” Myla said.

The three wives said it was a certain Eng. Omar Tinkang who contracted their husbands to do the painting works in the province. (Nonong Santiago)




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