Walang pinipili: Abu Sayyaf kidnap 6 construction workers after failing to get boss

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By Ely E. Dumaboc

Gunmen believed to be Abu Sayyaf bandits seized six Zamboangueño construction workers in Sulu at dawn Saturday.

The incident happened around 2:00 a.m. along Martirez Street, Jolo, Sulu, according to police authorities and relatives of the victims.

But one of the six workers identified as Larry Velasquez has managed to escape. However, he suffered a gun shot wound in the leg.

Taken captives by the Abu Sayyaf bandits were Edmundo Ramos, 37, Jayson Baylosis, Joker Adanza, Jun Guerrero and the fifth one remain unidentified.

Two of the victim’s relatives, namely Amy Guerrero and Dayang Ramos, told the Philippines News Agency that the Abu Sayyaf bandits demanded P1 million ransom in exchange for the release of each victim.

Guerrero and Ramos said the ransom demand was relayed to them through a mobile phone by a man who identified himself as a member of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG).

The Abu Sayyaf bandits behind the incident belong to the Ajang-Ajang group led by bandit sub-leader Ben Saudi.

The bandits abducted the victims while they were sleeping on the second floor of the building they were constructing. The project engineer, who was the main target and whose sleeping quarters were at the ground floor, was not around at the time of the incident.

The victims’ relatives said that the victims had been working in Jolo, Sulu for the last three months and that they were lure by the high pay.(PNA)