Gunmen seize businesswoman

10 October 2011

A 30-YEAR-OLD businesswoman was abducted by 10 members of a kidnap-for-ransom group (KFRG) in the province of Zamboanga del Sur, a police official said Sunday.

The incident happened a day after two KFRG members fell into the hands of authorities in Zamboanga Sibugay, an adjacent province of Zamboanga del Sur.

Zamboanga del Sur Police Director Jose Bayani Gucela said the incident took place around 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the village of Poblacion, Pitogo town.

The victim was identified as Monalisa Capa, whose family is into the business of gasoline station, fishing and an ice plant.

Gucela said that Capa was at the family-owned ice plant when the gunmen arrived and seized her at gunpoint.

The gunmen dragged and forced Capa to board on one of three motorized bancas at the shore of Pitogo and sped toward nearby Olutanga Island, which is under the province of Zamboanga Sibugay.

Gucela said the gunmen easily managed to drag and force the victim to board on one of the three motorized bancas as the ice plant is located just around 10 meters from the shoreline.

The Pitogo Municipal Peace and Order Council (MPOC) convened Sunday and discussed plans on how to resolve the problem.

The MPOC will have to closely work with the officials of Zamboanga Sibugay province in finding solution to Capa's abduction since the victim was taken outside the province of Zamboanga del Sur, he said.

A day before Capa was abducted, the police arrested two suspected KFRG members at the public market of Malangas town in Zamboanga Sibugay.

The two were allegedly responsible for two kidnapping incidents that took place in 2010 in Zamboanga City.

Gucela said there is a possibility that Capa's abductors and the two arrested last Friday in Malangas town belong to one group.