Armed men abducted a public school teacher in a coastal barangay of Zamboanga City on Tuesday, just a few days after an alleged Abu Sayyaf member wanted for kidnappings was arrested in the same area.

Flordeliza Ongchua, 48, was abducted at her home in Purok 5, Brgy. Labuan, around 7:15 p.m., Chief Supt. Napoleon Estilles, Zamboanga Peninsula regional police director, said.

Ongchua, a teacher at the Labuan Elementary School, was at the kitchen when two men barged into the house, dragged her towards the shore, and forced her into a motorized banca, Estilles said.

The abductors, along with the victim and several others, fled to a still unknown direction, he said.

A security guard in the area later told police that the suspects, along with Ongchua, even passed by his post and disarmed him of his M16 rifle at gunpoint.

One policeman, identified only as PO3 Quillo, was on duty at the detachment near the shore and was also disarmed by a group of men believed to be the abductors’ “backup,” Estilles said.

Senior Supt. James Mejia, Zamboanga City Police director, said investigators have yet to identify the abductors.

The abduction occurred just three days after police intelligence operatives arrested alleged Abu Sayyaf member Jamiri Jawali Hamid in Brgy. Labuan.

Hamid, who uses the alias Abu Gabby, was arrested on a warrant for kidnapping and serious illegal detention, on Saturday, Estilles said.

The case stemmed from the kidnapping incident at the Golden Harvest in Brgy. Tairan, Lantawan, on June 11, 2001, he said. (John Roson)

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