ZAMBOANGA CITY – Kidnappers on Wednesday seized a 28-year-old man in Zamboanga del Sur, police said.
Police said Edmund Corpuz was seized in the village of Dalapang in Labangan town. Corpuz had been reported as missing by his family until kidnappers contacted them to demand ransom.
No further details were released by the police on the kidnapping.
It was not immediately known how much ransom the kidnappers were demanding.
An order sent to commanders in western Mindanao directed them to extra vigilant against kidnappings in December. “The fast coming yuletide season will surely bring about increase in lawlessness and other forms of criminality, hence, serious implementation of all police operation plans must be done,” the order read.
The kidnapping of Corpuz came a day following the release of a kidnapped Chinese-Filipino trader Robert Cua and Filipino engineer Edwin dela Torre in Iligan City.
The two were seized by gunmen earlier in November in Lanao del Norte’s Linamon town where Cua runs a lumber yard. It was not known how much ransom was paid by Cua’s family.