Malacanang said that if not for martial law in Mindanao, there could be more kidnapping incidents in the region as it downplayed the recent abduction of a British businessman and his Filipina wife in Zamboanga del Sur, saying it was an “isolated” case.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, in a news briefing Monday, October 7, said that the Philippine National Police and the other security forces have been trying to secure the release of Allan Hyrons and his wife Wilma, who were seized by armed men at their beach resort in Barangay Alindahaw in Tukuran town Friday, October 4.
“Well, sometimes that happens even if there’s martial law. Mga isolated cases na ganiyan. Minsan hindi mo rin maiwasan ‘yan,” Panelo said.
Asked if the declaration of martial law was useless in the wake of the recent abduction incident, he said, “No, otherwise di marami sanang ganyang insidente.”
But despite the incident, Panelo said foreigners could still travel to Zamboanga del Sur.
“I think so, otherwise sinabi na ng PNP at saka Army doon (to avoid traveling in Zamboanga del Sur),” he said.
But he advised the foreigners to always take care of themselves.
“Avoid places where danger lurks,” he said. #