• Kidnapper falls in police dragnet

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    ZAMBOANGA CITY: Police captured a notorious kidnapper during an operation on Wednesday in Payao town in Zamboanga Sibugay province, officials said

    Officials said that Basir Sakilan, 41, was tracked down in his hideout in Bulawan village where he was captured.

    “Sakilan was the primary suspect in the kidnapping of Reynaldo Drapeza on November 9, 2010,” said Chief Insp. Ariel Huesca, a regional police spokesman.

    He said Drapeza was traveling on a boat when kidnapped by Sakilan’s group.

    Kidnappers freed Drapeza in April 2011 after his family paid a still unspecified amount of ransom.

    Huesca said that Sakilan is currently being investigated by the police. It was not immediately known whether Sakilan was involved in other kidnappings or if he is a member of any rebel group.

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