• Abu Sayyaf releases Sulu provincial treasurer


    MEMBERS of the al-Qaeda linked Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) on Wednesday released a provincial government employee who was kidnapped last month in Patikul, Sulu, police reports said on Thursday.

    Initial reports at the Philippine National Police operations center in Camp Crame said 60-year-old Jess Cabilin was freed by his captors around 7 p.m. at an undisclosed placed in Patikul.

    The reports said that Cabilin was reunited with his family in Tugbungan, Zamboanga City, and was scheduled to undergo extensive medical check-up at  a hospital.

    Reports said the release was made possible after the victim’s family exerted extra efforts in contacting the alleged abductors in Sulu.

    Cabelin was kidnapped by a group of heavily armed men belonging to Julli  Ikit and Ninok Sappari, both are known ASG members, in November at the vicinity of the treasurer’s quarters in Barangay Bangkal in Patikul.

    Patikul is a known bailiwick of the ASG, the smallest, but the most vicious armed group in Southern Philippines and were involved in kidnapping and bombing activities.


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