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MILF editorial deplores ‘thriving industry’ of kidnapping




Posted on October 05, 2015


AN EDITORIAL in the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Web site has called attention to the “thriving industry” of kidnapping, particularly in Western Mindanao.

“In Central Mindanao, kidnapping is deeply neutralized, but in Western Mindanao, especially in the Zamboanga Peninsula, Basilan and Sulu, it is rampant and is virtually becoming a thriving ‘industry,’” the MILF said in its latest editorial as posted on its Web site, Luwaran.net.

The MILF statement came on the heels of a widely reported kidnapping in the island of Samal in Eastern Mindanao. On the night of Sept. 21, armed men kidnapped a Canadian and his Filipino wife, another Canadian, and a Norwegian at the Holiday Oceanview resort in Samal.

According to the MILF, the abductees were brought to Indanan, Sulu province, by Al-Habsi Misaya or Al-Bahil, an alleged Abu Sayyaf commander.

The MILF also said in its editorial that kidnapping is more prevalent in Metro Manila.

“In Metropolitan Manila, the number of kidnapping cases is very much higher and is almost a daily occurrence, but mostly unheralded. The most distinctive difference is that here the kidnappers are not so-called Muslims or Moros,” the MILF said.

From January to August 2015, the Philippine National Police’s Anti-Kidnapping Group said it was able to neutralize 24 kidnap-for-ransom suspects, including six of the ten most wanted in the police organization’s database. -- Alden M. Monzon