Fate of abducted Zambo Norte mayor still unknown

April 3, 2012 11:53 pm 

By Teopfilo P. Garcia

ZAMBOANGA CITY, April 3 – The provincial government of Zamboanga del Norte has convened the Crisis Management Committee (CMC) to look for solutions to the abduction of a municipal mayor in the province.

Police Regional Office-9 (PRO-9) director Chief Supt. Napoleon Estilles said that pursuit operation continued in a bid to locate and safely rescue the hostage.

Jeffrey Lim, the mayor of Salug municipality, Zamboanga del Norte province, was seized by 10 gunmen around 7 p.m. Monday while he was at the town's bus terminal.

The gunmen, who were clad in camouflage pants and shirts with markings “pulis,” forced Lim to board on a mini-van colored yellow.

The gunmen's get away vehicle was recovered several minutes after the incident around 3.5 kilometers away from the bus terminal.

The suspects, whose identities remain unknown, burned the vehicle and boarded on two waiting motorboats, dragging with them the town official and sped towards Salug Bay.

Estilles, without naming specific place, said that blocking forces were established to contain the movement of the suspects.

“All the necessary measures are in place,” Estilles said adding that the victims was still within the province of Zamboanga del Norte.

No one has claimed responsibility nor made any demands yet.

Authorities are checking the ownership of the getaway vehicle to help in identifying Lim's abductors. (PNA)

RMA/Teofilo P. Garcia/utb

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