• Philippines, July 17, 2018

    Six members of the Javier family, kidnapped by kidnap-for-ransom gang from Sirawai town were rescued from an undisclosed location in Talipao town, Sulu province by marines from the Marine Battalion Landing Team 3 (MBLT3). The freed captives were brought to Luuk District Hospital in Barangay Tubig Puti, in Luuk town for medical check up. The two families were kidnapped by members of a Jamilo Wahab Group from Sitio Maasim in Barangay San Nicolas, Sirawai town, Zamboanga del Norte province. (inquirer.net, 18 July 2018)

  • Philippines, June 28, 2018

    Gunmen kidnapped 6 people, including an infant, from a farm in Sirawai town in the southern Zamboanga del Norte province. According to police a gang headed by Jamilon Tukalan was likely behind the kidnapping, which occurred in San Nicolas village. The kidnappers demanded P400,000 for the safe release of the hostages. The victims have been identified as Feliciano Javier, 28; his wife Elsa, 28, and their five-month old baby Vincent; and Junior Javier, 22, his wife Rica, also 22-years old and their five-year old son. All are keepers of farm owned by the town’s municipal engineer. The town’s deputy mayor, Jaime Felizarta, has told police investigators that a man, who identified himself as “Abu”, is holding all the hostages and demanded the ransom. Police asked Tukalan’s sister, who is a local resident, to help in negotiating for the freedom of the two farming families. Security forces were dispatched to track down the kidnappers and rescue the hostages even while the negotiations are going based on the recommendation of the local crisis management committee headed by the mayor. The Tukalan gang is behind the series of robberies, cattle rustling and ransom kidnappings and murders in the Zamboanga Peninsula. (mindanaoexaminer.com, 1 July 2018)