Unidentified men abducted a 23-year-old college student in Aleosan, North Cotabato, early Saturday after mistaking him for the town mayor’s son, police said.

Senior Supt. Cornelio Salinas, North Cotabato Provincial Police director, identified the victim as Rony Cabaya, a 3rd Year student at the Southern Christian College in Midsayap.

Cabaya was riding a “habal-habal” motorcycle from Midsayap around 12 a.m. when he was abducted at Brgy. Dualing.

He was forcibly taken into a pick-up (PRV-419) which the suspects drove towards Brgy. Dungguan, Salinas said.

Investigation showed that the victim was mistaken for the son of Aleosan Mayor Loreto Cabaya Jr., according to the police official.

“Na-‘Wow Mali’ sila (kidnappers), no relation to the mayor,” Salinas said, when asked if the victim was related in any way to the town executive.

Members of the Aleosan Police, 12th Regional Public Safety Battalion, and the Army’s 40th and 7th Infantry Battalions were sent to track down the suspects and the victim.

The getaway vehicle was found burned at Sitio Resingan, Brgy. Dungguan, said Col. Leopoldo Galon, Armed Forces Eastern Mindanao Command spokesman. (John Roson)

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