Thursday, January 30, 2014

Abductors of Zambo Sur education official locally-based KFRG

From the Philippine News Agency (Jan 30): Abductors of Zambo Sur education official locally-based KFRG
The group behind the abduction of an education official in Kumalarang municipality, this province, is a locally based kidnap-for-ransom-group (KFRG).

This was disclosed by suspect Ryan Tumales, who also revealed that he was a former member of the New People’s Army (NPA) before he joined three months ago the KFRG involved in the abduction of Rudy Luna.

Tumales, 22, was arrested barely two hours after they seized Luna and his wife, Tessie, around 8:00 p.m. Tuesday in Barangay Diplo, Kumalarang town.

Luna’s wife was able to escape while they were being dragged into one of the three motorized bancas of the suspects docked at the shore of Sitio Dacun, Barangay Picanan of the same town.

Luna is the Bayog District School supervisor in Bayog town while his wife is the supervisor of Kumalarang Central Elementary School.

Tumales disclosed that their group is operating in this province and in the nearby province of Zamboanga Sibugay.

“I was left behind because the motorized banca where I am supposed to ride was already loaded,” he said.

In revealing he was a former NPA rebel, Tumales disclosed that he was wounded and captured in a clash on November 2, 2008 at the age of 16 in Barangay Gasa, Lakewood town this province.

Tumales said that after his capture, he was admitted at the “Tabak” Hospital of the Army’s 1st Infantry Division.

1st Infantry Division information officer Maj. Edmond Abella said based on records it was confirmed that Tumales was admitted at the “Tabak” Hospital in November of 2008.

Tumales said that Luna’s abduction was his “first mission” after he joined the KFRG three months ago.

He is in the custody of the police as investigation continues concerning Luna’s abduction.

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