‘No ransom for 5 construction workers’

By Roel Pareño

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – The city government is sticking to its no-ransom policy in response to the kidnapping of five construction workers on Saturday, Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar said yesterday.

Abu Sayyaf bandits seized Edmundo Ramos, Jayson Baylosis, Joker Adanza and Jun Guerrero, all residents of Barangay Tumaga of this city, and Jenly Miranda of Pasonanca from their sleeping quarters at the Kawmpang Elementary School in Barangay Bangkal, Patikul, Sulu.

The kidnappers, who claimed to be members of the Abu Sayyaf’s Ajang-Ajang group, contacted the families of the victims and demanded P1 million each.

Salazar said they visited the families of the victims and provided relief assistance.

“Communication has been opened between the negotiating team and the kidnappers. We hope and pray for their safety,” she said.

Salazar  advised the families not to seek assistance from politicians for payment of ransom.

The kidnappers are reportedly behind “low-profile” kidnappings in the province. They demand “token” amounts in exchange for the release of their captives after a few days in captivity.

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