From ABS-CBN (Mar 7): Abu Sayyaf behind teachers' abduction in Zamboanga
[Video report: Authorities identify suspects in kidnapping of two teachers in Zamboanga)
The suspects in the abduction of two public school teachers in the coastal town of Talusan in Zamboanga Sibugay last Thursday have been identified as members of the Abu Sayyaf Group.
Reynadit Bagonoc Silvano, 34, and her brother Russel Bagonoc, 22, were on board their service motorcycle on the way to Tuburan Elementary School when they were waylaid by six men, also on board two motorcycles, in Barangay Moalboal Thursday morning.
The victims were dragged and forcibly brought by the suspects to a motorized pump boat that sped off toward an unknown direction.
Police later recovered the motorcycles of the victims and the suspects near Moalboal Elementary School, about 100 meters away from the shore.
The suspects' motorcycles had no license plates and were believed to be stolen vehicles.
Police who were tipped off by witnesses identified three of the suspects as local residents: Naim Sabdani, and his brothers Mansul and Amadan.
Tracking police forces located the house of the suspects, which was about 200 meters away from where the motorcycles were recovered.
Kapdul Hajiula, sister of the suspects, was apprehended and brought to the Talusan police station for investigation.
She confessed that her three brothers and the three other suspects are all members of the Abu Sayyaf operating in the provinces of Basilan and Sulu.
One of three other suspects was later identified as Edimar Isnain.
Sr. Insp. Allan Castillo, public information officer of Police Regional Office 9, said police and military personnel have been dispatched in the municipality to prevent the abductors from sneaking their victims out of the province.
Mohagher Iqbal, MILF Chief Negotiator stressed in an interview that the MILF should not be blamed for the deaths of police commandos during the armed encounter.
"Hindi ho kami ang may kasalanan. Pumasok sila walang coordination, full-battle gear, nagkaroon ng engkwentro... and then after that, kami po ang sisisihin?", he added.
Iqbal also called on the public to look at the "big picture" regarding the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).
"Itong BBL, susi po ito sa kapayapaan, susi po ito sa development and progress sa Mindanao," (BBL is the key towards peace and development in Mindanao), Iqbal further said.
Earlier, the Moro Front warned that a diluted BBL would result to complications as it will not resolve the Mindanao Question.