• Catnapped! Pet feline abducted in Basilan


    By Al Jacinto Correspondent

    ZAMBOANGA CITY: Humans are not the only targets of kidnappings in Basilan.
    On Tuesday, the owner of a Persian cat sought help after two men on a motorcycle snatched the pure-bred feline in the provincial capital of Isabela City. The cat, named Macky, was taken while he was exercising outside his owner’s house in Calle Posporo.
    The cat’s owner has appealed to the public to help find their pet.

    “Please help us find Macky. He is Persian and was taken yesterday by two unidentified XRM motor riders alongside our home in Calle Posporo-Mabarakat shortcut road. Pls pass,” the owner said in his appeal posted in the Facebook social media group Basilan! Basilan!

    Also on Tuesday, gunmen seized Jennelyn Luna Enpera, who works for the Department of Social Welfare and Development, in the town of Ungkaya Pukan.

    A skipper of a fishing trawler, Lucio Gonzales, was also abducted by gunmen in two speedboats in the waters off Lantawan town.

    No individuals or group have claimed responsibility for the catnapping or the abductions of Enpera and Gonzales. It was not immediately known whether rebels were behind the latest abductions or if only one group was behind it.

    Basilan is one of five provinces under the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and is notoriously known for its kidnappings and ambuscades.

    Provincial government officials rarely release any statement about local abductions and are hardly accessible for media interviews.


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