ZAMBOANGA CITY: A Crisis Management Committee (CMC) was activated to look into the abduction of a mayor in Zamboanga Sibugay, a top police official said on Wednesday.
The CMC, headed by Zamboanga Sibugay Gov. Wilter Palma, will be working with another panel, the Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) “Adana” which is headed by Senior Supt. Jose Bayani Gucela.
Task group “Adana” takes its name from the kidnap victim, Mayor Gemma Adana of Naga municipality.
The mayor was seized by heavily armed men around 9:15 p.m. on Monday from her residence in Barangay Taytay Manubo, Naga, Zamboanga Sibugay.
Gucela said during a meeting held to form the SITG, the panel discussed updates on the incident to include intelligence, investigation and operation concerns.
According to the police official, Adana and her family were enjoying themselves singing videoke together with some visitors at her residence when six gunmen wearing camouflage uniforms arrived unnoticed after dinner.
He said five of the gunmen had mingled with the group of the mayor while a sixth gunman stayed at the motorized banca since Adana’s residence is just near the shoreline.
“Three of the suspects went directly to Mayor Adana, forcibly grabbed and took her to the back portion of their house. After this, they brought her to the boat which then sped off heading toward high seas of Naga municipality,” Gucela said.
“Combined military and police operations were immediately mobilized to conduct hot pursuit operations,” he added.
Julius Cayon, Naga municipal councilor, said Adana’s husband even tried to wrestle his wife away from the kidnappers but was overpowered by the gunmen.
Cayon, who was designated as the CMC spokesman, said no group has claimed responsibility for the incident and no calls demands were made.
Gucela said investigation continues in a bid to identify the suspects and to file appropriate criminal cases against them.
He added that they were advised to work silently due to sensitivity of the case.