5 fishermen abducted in Sulu

5 fishermen abducted in Sulu
Brigadier General Cirilito Sobejana says pursuit operations are underway against the kidnappers

MANILA, Philippines – Five fishermen were abducted at sea off Pangutaran town in Sulu on Saturday evening, October 14.

In a statement on Sunday, October 15, Brigadier General Cirilito Sobejana, commander of Joint Task Force Sulu (JTF Sulu), said the fishermen were kidnapped around 8:15 pm on Saturday.

Sobejana identified the victims as:

  • Vergel Arquino, 25, single
  • Jushua Ybañes, 23, single
  • Emo Fausto, 63, married
  • Junald Minalang, 24, single
  • Spriano Sardido, 53, married

Arquino is from Davao City, while the rest are from Pagadian City.

The victims were aboard FB Danvil 8 owned by Danvil Yantoc. Yantoc said his vessels, FB Danvil 8 and FB Danvil 2, along with 9 lightboats, had taken shelter when the abduction happened.

The kidnappers were aboard two motorized boats painted white and blue. 

JTF Sulu and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Western Mindanao are hunting down the kidnappers. – Rappler.com

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