Kidnappers freed a relative of Mayor Loreto Cabaya of Aleosan, North Cotabato, in Maguindanao Wednesday night, two months after holding the victim in captivity, police said.
Romy Cabaya was released past 10 p.m. in Brgy. Makir, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Senior Supt. Cornelio Salinas, North Cotabato provincial police director, said.
No money was paid in exchange for the release, Salinas said.
“He (Cabaya) was released after the negotiation between his sister and the abductors… mahirap lang itong pamilya nila, farmers lang, so wala talagang makukuha na anuman from them,” the police official said.
Mayor Cabaya, along with policemen and soldiers, fetched the victim in Brgy. Dalican around 11:15 p.m., according to a report from the Central Mindanao regional police.
The victim, a “distant relative” who works as a househelp of the mayor, was abducted in Brgy. Dualing, Aleosan, last November 19 while he was going home on a “habal-habal” from Midsayap.
Initial investigation showed that the abductors were “rouge” members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front led by commanders Kuyo and Taurus, Salinas said.
“Maayos naman ‘yung naging pagtrato sa kanya (Cabaya), he’s in good health,” the police official added. (John Roson)
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