ZAMBOANGA CITY: Armed men raided a government school on Wednesday and abducted a teacher in the southern Filipino port city of Zamboanga, police said.
Police said at least 10 gunmen on two motorboats swooped down on Limaong Island and seized Cathy Casipog, who teaches at the Sibogtok Elementary School.
“The teacher was forcibly dragged by the armed men who fled on two motorized boats,” said Chief Insp. Ariel Huesca, a regional police spokesman.
He said police and military forces were immediately deployed to pursue the gunmen and their hostage.
The motive of the abduction remains unknown. Last week, gunmen abducted Dipolog City fish trader Cynthia Caboverde in Ipil town from neighboring province of Zamboanga Sibugay, and village chieftain Cecilia Alas-as in Sibuco town in Zamboanga del Norte.
Police arrested one of Caboverde’s abductors Adznar Chiong, and filed charges against him and his cohorts, one of them Nurhassan Jamiri, a notorious Abu Sayyaf leader based in Basilan.
Cavoverde had just given the salaries of her fishing crew when she was abducted in Magdaup village. She was with partner Edrin Agca when the incident happened.
The gunmen seized Cavoverde’s bag containing P800,000 and then dragged her to a waiting motorized boat. The abductors left her partner left behind.
Alas-as, village chieftain of Paniran, was seized by three masked men who barged inside her house and dragged her to the shore where a boat was waiting. Police forces chased the gunmen but failed to catch him. The motive of the abduction is still unknown.