ZAMBOANGA CITY: Provincial police launched an investigation into the reported kidnapping of a 26-year-old man in Basilan in the Muslim autonomous region in Mindanao. Police said a woman reported that her son-in-law, Askal Tantung, is being held captive for ransom in the neighboring province of Sulu. Nuriam Musa told investigators that a man phoned her and was demanding P200,000 for the safe release of the hostage. Tantung was last seen on June 10 heading to Isabela City to meet with someone and has failed to return home since then. Police gave no additional details about the kidnapping.