Friday, January 20, 2012

Kidnap victim released in Maguindanao — Army

A student seized by suspected Moro rebels in November last year has been released early Thursday morning in Maguindanao, a military statement said. 

The Army's 6th Infantry Division identified the kidnap victim as Romy Cabaya, who was in Aleosan town in North Cotabao by a faction of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front rebels under Umbra Kato.

Authorities earlier said the victim could have been mistaken for the son of Mayor Lorito Cabaya, Jason.

The kidnappers had also demanded a P2-million ransom in exchange for the victim's freedom.

The military statement said Romy was released around 1:30 a.m. Thursday along Dalican National Highway in Datu Odin Sinsuat town.

About 10 p.m. Wednesday, the same statement said military and police officials, together with Mayor Cabaya, proceeded to Barangay Tamontaka in Cotabato City to negotiate the release of the victim.    

Romy was then taken to the headquarters of the 40th Infantry Battalion in Aleosan for futher debriefing.
January 19, 2012 4:59pm
 RSJ, GMA News Online

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