THE military thwarted an attempt by armed men to kidnap a businessman in Isabela City, Basilan, on Sunday night, reports reaching the Armed Forces of the Philippines said on Monday.
Ramon Sanson Jr., 56, a copra trader, was rescued by soldiers from the Philippine Army’s 4th Special Forces Battalion (SFB) led by Cpl Cipriano Hinggosa Jr. and members of the Cafgu Active Auxiliary (CAA) after a brief firefight with his abductors.
First Lieutenant Archiemedez Aranas, acting commander of the Civil Military Operations of the 4th SFB, said Sanson was snatched by seven armed men wearing the Scout Battle dress of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in his house around 6:30 p.m. of Sunday.
According to Aranas, San-son’s neighbors who heard him and his relatives screaming for help, informed the CAA Patrol Base of Santa Barbara about the incident.
Hinggosa, the patrol base commander and his men immediately responded and caught the kidnappers dragging the businessman in a motor boat.
A firefight ensued after which the armed fled leaving behind Sanson, who the military said was injured after he was beaten by his abductors.
Lt. Col. Eliglen Villaflor, 4th SFB commander, proceeded to the area and deployed troops aboard three speedboats to pursue the kidnappers.
They are being assisted by the PNP’s 54th Special Action Company led by Senior Insp. Jennie de la Cruz.