ZAMBOANGA CITY – Authorities on Friday rescued two carpenters who were kidnapped in Tawi-Tawi and brought to Sulu.
Officials said Lindo Estrada and Itih Partosa were seized by gunmen while working on a contracted project in Simunul town in September.
The men, who are both from Zamboanga City, were spotted by villagers in the town of Omar who informed the local leaders headed by Mayor Ferhana Mohammad.
The kidnapped victims’ guards fled after seeing security forces heading their way in the village of Sucuban.
The two said the kidnappers first brought them to the town of Pata but transferred them to Kalinggalan Caluang to avoid the police in the area. Estrada abd Partosa were then taken to Omar town, according to Erwin Tan, the provincial administrator.
“Governor Tan ordered medical personnel to examine the victims who were later handed over to the military in the capital town of Jolo for a routine debriefing,” Tan told The Manila Times.
It was not known if the kidnappers were members of the Abu Sayyaf or criminals operating in Tawi-Tawi.