Armed men abducted a 15-year-old girl in Aleosan, North Cotabato, just a day after her elder sister was abducted and raped, also by still unidentified persons, authorities said.

Colonel Prudencio Asto, Army 6th Infantry Division public affairs chief, said Joy (not her real name) was abducted around 7 a.m. Monday in Brgy. Pagangan 2.

The girl was walking along a trail to the National Highway when two armed men seized her and took her towards Brgy. Lagundi, Pikit, on a motorcycle, Asto said.

Policemen and soldiers launched pursuit operations upon learning the incident, but the abductors and victim were already gone.

After her abduction, relatives managed to contact Joy once through her cellphone, but she could only relay sketchy descriptions of her location and status, Senior Supt. Cornelio Salinas, North Cotabato Provincial Police director, said.

The incident occurred just a day after Joy’s 17-year-old sister Joanna (not her real name), was also abducted.

Six men snatched Joanna from their backyard on Sunday, Salinas said.

Policemen, soldiers, and militiamen were deployed to look for Joanna the same day, until she was found at a hilly area about 2 kilometers from the National Highway.

Joanna was later brought to the Aleosan District Hospital, where she was found to have been raped, Salinas said.

It was not immediately known if the abductions are connected, or if those who abducted Joanna include the ones who took Joy.

Police are still investigating the two incidents and are trying to locate Joy with the military’s help, Salinas said. (John Roson)

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