Kidnappers free man, hold on to grandpa in Zamboanga


ZAMBOANGA CITY: Kidnappers have freed a 21-year-old man they seized along with his grandfather in the southern Philippine province of Zamboanga del Sur, military sources said.

They said Ryan Tan was brought Tuesday by his captors to Zamboanga City, where family was waiting for him.

Police were unaware of Tan’s release and the military learned about it a day after through his family.

The fate of his 70-year old grandfather, Antonio, remains unknown.

The duo was kidnapped from their home in Maruing village in Lapuyan town on the night of March 23. The kidnappers fled by boat toward Malangas town, also in Zamboanga del Sur.

No other details were made available by the military about the release of Tan and who were behind the kidnapping.

But authorities had previously linked former members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and other gangs allied with the notorious Abu Sayyaf group in many kidnap-for-ransom cases in the Zamboanga Peninsula.

It was unknown if Tan’s family had paid ransom for his release.

No individual or group has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of Tan and his grandfather. AL JACINTO



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