• Wives of missing contractors ask for help

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    The wives of two missing contractors of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) asked the public for any lead as to the whereabouts of their husbands who were abducted by unidentified men last January on their way to Cainta, Rizal.

    National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) agent Aldrin Mercader on Friday said they treat the abduction of Evan Labonete, 52-year-old engineer of Quezon City and owner of Civtric Trading & Services, and Nicomedes Sierra Eguna as a kidnapping case after the suspects were able to withdraw from the ATM accounts of Labonete.

    Susan, wife of Labonete, and Nimfa, wife of Eguna, said their husbands went missing past 5 p.m. on January 19.

    “At 4 p.m., my husband texted me and said they were in Binondo (Manila) to buy materials and that they will proceed to Binangonan (Rizal) for a site inspection,” Nimfa, on the verge of crying, told a news conference also on Friday at NBI. “At 5 p.m., I sent a text message, but he did not reply. At 9:30 p.m., we could not contact him any more.”

    Susan said he dropped her husband 9:30 a.m. at Shopwise Supermarket along Commonwealth Avenue on January 19. “He told me he will meet Eguna, his business partner.”

    Mercader said the only identification of the kidnappers are footage of closed-circuit television (CCTV) at the two branches of Metrobank in Binangonan and Angono (Rizal) where the suspects withdrew P10,000 and P17,000, respectively.

    Mrs. Labonete said her husband was the contractor of NAIA Terminal 1 check-in counters.
    “He was able to complete the renovation of Phase 1 of the project. He was supposed to handle the entire repair up to Phase 5. But after Phase 1, he went missing,” Susan, who has two daughters, aged 24 and 21, said, adding that another project his husband was handling before he went missing was a health center in Pasay City (Metro Manila).

    “It is very sad. We are in difficult situation, but I already told our daughters of the condition of their father,” Susan said.

    Nimfa said she and her three children, aged 28, 20 and 18, miss so much what she called “the foundation of the family.”

    The wives said they are willing to give a reward to any individual who could provide any information that will lead to the whereabouts of the two contractors.

    Mercader said despite the absence of any random demand, the case is still classified as kidnapping because of the ATM withdrawals.

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