- Five construction workers were abducted by suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf Group in Sulu
- A co-worker of the victims escaped, but was shot and wounded in the leg
- The bandits demanded P1 million each in exchange for the release of their victims
Just hours before President Rodrigo Duterte arrived in Sulu to visit and pin medals to soldiers wounded during an earlier clash with the Abu Sayyaf Group, where at least four bandits and a government soldier were killed, the terror group abducted five construction workers.
Sun Star mentioned in its story dated July 15, 2017 that the victims are all residents of Zamboanga City. The workers were identified as Joel Adanza, Jung Guerrero, Edmundo Ramos, Jayson Ramos and Jenly Miranda.
A co-worker of the victims was able to escape at the height of abduction and reported the incident to the police. 25-year-old Larry Velasquez told police that armed men, believed to be members of the Abu Sayyaf Group, barged into their quarters while they were sleeping around 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 15.
Velasquez was shot and wounded in the leg.
Relatives of two of the victims said they received a text message from someone who identified himself as an Abu Sayyaf member demanding P1 million each for the release of the hostages.