• Teacher abducted in Zamboanga City

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    ZAMBOANGA CITY – Armed men raided a government school in Zamboanga City on Wednesday and abducted a teacher.

    Police said at least 10 gunmen in two motorboats landed in Limaong Island and seized Cathy Casipog, who teaches at the Sibogtok Elementary School. “The teacher was forcibly dragged by the armed men who fled on two motorized boats,” said Chief Inspector Ariel Huesca, a regional police spokesman.

    He said police and military forces were pursuing the gunmen and their hostage.

    The motive of the abduction is still unknown, but it occurred barely a week after gunmen abducted a fish trader, Cynthia Caboverde, in Ipil town in the neighboring province of Zamboanga Sibugay, and village chieftain Cecilia Alas-as in Sibuco town in Zamboanga del Norte.

    Police arrested one of Caboverde’s suspected abductors, Adznar Chiong, and filed charges against him and his cohorts, including Nurhassan Jamiri, a notorious Abu Sayyaf leader based in Basilan.

    Caboverde, a resident of Dipolog City, just came from her fishing boat with new partner Edrin Agca in Magdaup village where she distributed salaries of her fishing crew members when gunmen dragged her to a waiting motorized boat.

    They took her bag containing P800,000. Caboverde’s partner was left behind by the abductors.

    Alas-as, village chieftain of Paniran, was seized by three masked men who dragged her from her house to the shore where a boat was waiting.

    AL JACINTO

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