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Teacher kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf in Sulu, freed after paying P200K


A public school teacher was allegedly kidnapped on Saturday afternoon by suspected Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in Jolo, the capital town of Sulu province.

Mr. Benjamin A. Ubaid, a teacher of Camp Andres Central Elementary in Barangay Puti, Look, was later released Monday evening.

Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) spokesperson Lt. Col. Gerry Besana said they do not have report of the kidnapping, but they have obtained information from the Philippine National Police (PNP) Sulu.

Citing a sketchy report relayed by the Sulu Provincial Police Office, Besana confirmed the alleged kidnapping incident which occurred Sept. 22, 2018, at around 2:00 p.m. in Sitio Godinez, Barangay Latih.

The report said two men carried out the kidnapping of Ubaid, taking him to Kalimayahan Village and blind folded him.

It said the teacher was released at Barangay Danag, Patikul around 6:30 pm after the victim's family paid P200,000 ransom to the kidnappers.

A source from Sulu said they have located the house of the family of the victim at Street 17, Kasalamatan village, San Raymundo, Jolo.

"Nakausap ko po pamilya at nandoon na rin sa kanila ang biktima," a text message from the source, who declined to be identified as he was not authorized to talk to the media, read.

The kidnappers, who made their first call to the victim's family on Saturday at around 9:00 a.m., initially demanded P1 million ransom until it was lowered to P200,000.

"Nagbayad sila kanina daw Sir at ni-release ang victima sa may danag accordingly around 6:30 p.m. kanina," the text message further read.

"Balikan ko bukas ang victim sir para magpakita ako sa kanya ni pictures ng mga ajang ajang/asg for filing of charges." The message continued.

The Abu Sayyaf, which has been known to behead hostages unless ransom payments are made, is still holding 11 hostages, including a Dutch bird-watcher abducted in 2012, a Vietnamese captive, and Filipinos. Hader Glang

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