• ASG releases woman; holds husband, son captive


    ZAMBOANGA CITY: Suspected Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits freed a woman trader whom they kidnapped in Zamboanga Sibugay province on August 5 but kept her husband and son captive in Sulu.

    Police said Nora, together with her husband Elmer Ronoc, and their son Ricson, 8, were taken by the bandits from their house in the village of Kulisap, Payao town.

    They were spirited out on a motorboat and brought to Sulu and their captors reportedly demanded ransom for their release.

    The woman, who took a boat in Jolo and traveled to Zamboanga City, arrived by bus on Tuesday at her cousin’s house in Siay town in Zamboanga Sibugay where she stayed for a while.

    Authorities believed the wo­man’s relatives paid an unspecified amount of ransom to the Abu Sayyaf for her freedom and are raising money for the safe release of her husband and son.


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