From the Mindanao Examiner BlogSpot site (Jul 13): Soldier buys kidnapped daughter’s freedom
Kidnappers in the southern Philippines have freed Sunday a five-year old daughter of a government soldier after her family paid a small ransom in exchange for her freedom, officials said.
Officials said the girl was playing outside their house in Linamon town in Lanao del Norte province when two men riding tandem on a motorbike snatched her on Saturday. The family paid P19,000 or roughly about $436 to the girl’s captors to regain her freedom following a negotiation.
The girl was released after being held captive near the town of Balo-i and was handed over to her family and policemen by a former village leader and an ex-police officer who were tapped to secure the victim.
The kidnappers were later identified only by their first name as Musa and Camal, who are residents of Iligan City. Police and military authorities were hunting down the two kidnappers.