6 Filipino surveyors seized in Mindanao

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: The Philippine military said gunmen have seized six government surveyors in Compostela Valley and security forces were deployed in the province to track down the missing workers. Army Capt. Alberto Caber, a spokesman for the Eastern Mindanao Command, identified the surveyors as Kendrik Wong, Nico Lasaca, Chris Favila, Matthew Cua, Jonas Loredo and Tim Sabina. They were taken on Friday afternoon in the village of New Leyte. Caber said the hostages who were working for the Department of Environment and Natural Resources were sent to the town of Maco to conduct a survey for a forest rehabilitation project called the National Greening Program. “Soldiers from the 1001st Infantry Brigade joined the police in the pursuit operations,” he told The Manila Times. He said no group claimed responsibility for the abductions.

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