A teenage girl with chain around her right hand and right foot was found walking aimlessly by Army soldiers outside the headquarters of the 32nd Infantry Battalion (IB) in Barangay Pansul, Patikul, Sulu, Thursday night, the military said.
In a phone interview, Col. Alan Arrojado, commander of Joint Task Force Sulu (JTFS) of the Philippine Army, said the girl, about 15-18 years old, was believed to have been kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf terrorists in far-away
Palawan province and was brought to Sulu before she was
“The girl, wearing dirty clothes and her hair in shambles, just kept on talking in Tagalog, but did not give her name when asked,” Arrojado said. “It was pathetic to see her.”
“Our troops gave her food and water before she was brought to the
for treatment,” he added. Busbus Station Hospital
“We are giving her enough time to rest and think before we will ask again about her name and the circumstances on what happened to her. She is still shocked,” Arrojado said.
Soldiers found the girl near their camp at about 7:15 p.m. Thursday.
Ist Lt. C. Ibarra, commanding officer of Alpha Company of JTFS, contacted the barangay chairman of Pansul about the identity of the teenage girl but no one knew her.
Arrojado also said he is coordinating with other law enforcement agencies in Sulu and nearby islands “to help in determining the real identity of the girl who appears to be physically and mentally distressed.”
He said they will continue to exert all efforts to identify the girl and bring her back to her parents.
is a known lair
of the Abu Sayyaf terror group which is engaged in terror attacks and