Duterte says one Samal kidnapper a******d, another identified

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  • Davao City mayor gives latest update on the ongoing rescue of three foreigners and one local
  • Military forces are currently hunting down the second identified kidnapper
  • Abductors could be Abu Sayyaf allies or members themselves, he said

DIGOS CITY, Davao del Sur – Giving an update on the fate of the three foreigners and one Filipina who were a******d three weeks ago in Samal, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said authorities have managed to arrest one of the suspects while identifying another.

According to the mayor, authorities positively identified the captured suspect named Pandajar Adona alias Banon after reviewing the CCTV footage of the resort where the victims were kidnapped.

While he did not disclose the other suspect’s name as he is still being hunted down, Duterte told the Philippine Daily Inquirer he got his information after he attended a briefing of the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP).

As chair of the Southern Mindanao peace and order council, Duterte is closely monitoring the incident involving two Canadians John Ridsel and Robert Hall, Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad and Filipina Marities Flor.

The victims were a******d by at least a dozen gunmen from the Holiday Oceanview Marina last September 21. A couple, American Steven Tripp and his Japanese wife Kazuka evaded the kidnappers by jumping off their boat.

According to Duterte, the kidnappers could either be allies of the notorious kidnap-for-ransom group Abu Sayyaf or their affiliates although the Philippine National Police (PNP)’s Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) said they could be members of the communist New People’s Army (NPA). He added they could have been brought somewhere to Sulu which is a known hotbed of Abu Sayyaf activity.

The mayor also admitted seeking the help of his friend Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) leader Nur Misuari to secure the release of the victims.