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Wife of Scottish national kidnapped in Ipil, Sibugay

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A 34-year old Filipino wife of a Scottish national was kidnapped in the capital town of Ipil in Zamboanga Sibugay Province on Sunday evening.

The military's Western Mindanao Command (WesMinCom) headquarters said that a certain Luisa Galvez Morrison, owner of RL Salon, was abducted by unidentified kidnappers in Barangay Poblacion, Ipil.

Lieutenant Colonel Randolph Cabangbang, WewMinCom spokesman, said the hostage victim is a resident of NIZRECOM Subdivision in Barangay Magdaup in Ipil Municipality.

"Accordingly, a yellow Multi-Cab (Plate Nr 791), used as a getaway vehicle, was burned by said group at vicinity of Barangay Timex and left, withdrew towards Barangay Katipunan, with the victim," said Cabangbang.

Kidnapping for ransom, which occurs frequently in Sulu and Basilan, has recently spread across Zamboanga Peninsula.

The police and military authorities have formed a team to rescue the latest hostage in Zamboanga Sibugay. “We have sent troops to track down the abductors and rescue the woman,” said Cabangbang.

It was learned from media sources in Ipil town that Colonel Santiago Baluyot, commander of military forces in Zamboanga Peninsula, led troops in the operation to rescue the woman.

No group claimed responsibility for the abduction, but previous kidnappings for ransom in the province were largely blamed to Moro Islamic Liberation Front rebels (MILF) who are actively operating in the Zamboanga Peninsula.

In 2009, MILF rebels also seized three government teachers - Noemi Mandi, Jocelyn Enriquez and Jocelyn Inion near Ipil town. The three women were on their way to school in the neighboring town of Naga when seized by gunmen and taken to Basilan province.

They were freed six months later after government negotiators paid ransoms for their freedom.

Still in the hands of kidnappers in Zamboanga Sibugay is an elementary school pupil idenfied as Randy Talania, a student at the Titay elementary school.

The boy was abducted in front of the school in Titay town on March 9, 2011.

Zamboanga Sibugay Governor Rommel Jalosjos said his administration is exerting all efforts for the safe recovery of the nine-year-old boy and the latest kidnap victim.

Jalosjos said he is not in favor in paying ransom to put an end to kidnapping incidents.

By Hader Glang



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