Monday, September 30, 2019

Authorities probe disappearance of Zambo teacher

From the Philippine News Agency (Sep 30, 2019): Authorities probe disappearance of Zambo teacher

Police and military authorities are conducting an investigation surrounding the disappearance of a teacher, who claimed she was abducted in front of a church in Jolo, Sulu.

Maj. Chester Natividad, Police Station 4 chief, identified the teacher as Rosina Ejansantos Singua, 58, a resident of Zone 5, Barangay Culianan, this city.

Natividad said Monday that Singua’s elder sister, Maria Bella, informed him that Rosina left home aboard a taxicab on Friday, September 27, “together with her woman friend, a certain “Ems,” to attend a wedding in Dipolog City.
However, Natividad said Sherwin, son of Rosina, informed him through a cellular phone that he received a cellphone call from his mother around 9:23 p.m. of September 28 “with the report that she was at unknown place in Jolo, Sulu”.

He said Rosina told her son that she was allegedly abducted by unidentified persons in front of the Jolo Church after attending mass and “her alleged abductors demanding for some amount of money.”

He said a male caller told Sherwin, who is in Manila, to “not in any way report the matter to the authorities.”

Sherwin, who feared the safety of his mother, reported the incident to the Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG) in Camp Crame.

Natividad said they have already coordinated with port authorities to review the passenger manifest to determine whether Singua boarded a vessel to Jolo, Sulu on September 27.

He said pictures of Singua have been furnished to “every post inside the pier”.

Meanwhile, Maj. Arvin John Encinas, Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) spokesperson, said the Task Force Zamboanga has tasked all its operational control and intelligence units to investigate the circumstances of the incident.

Encinas said they were also ordered to closely monitor the whereabouts of the missing teacher.

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