TIPO-TIPO, BASILAN—Eight remaining civilians of Tipo-tipo, Basilan abducted by alleged Moro National Liberation Front rebels were released unharmed on Sunday before noon at Bohe Lebung village.
The said victims were seized by suspected MNLF members in Sitio Kakabigan Barangay Bohe Baca led by Commander Hassan alias “Addang” last Thursday afternoon.
The hostage-taking was reported to be a reprisal for the kidnapping of Adang’s three daughters namely Hudjaima Ahlil, Karima Ahlil, and Raida Ahlil on July 9 by clan rivals, who were then safely rescued by authorities on Sunday in Barangay Matibay, Lamitan City.
Though 4 of the 12 victims were released just hours after the abduction, the other eight victims were still detained by the rebels until a peaceful negotiation was held in Barangay Cambug, Al-Barka town according to Col. Carlito Galvez.
The eight released victims include Satra Banua, Haide Banua, Faija Banua, Hapsa Ambihal, Kalipa Ambihal, Pasri Ambihal, Haipa Hambihal, and Dalma Ambihal.
Meanwhile, Capt. Jefferson Somera, spokesman of the Army’s 1st Infantry Division, said that the victims were released through the efforts of the 18th Infantry Battalion under Lt. Col. CJ Paolo Perez in coordination with other concerned sectors including MNLF and Moro Islamic Liberation Front officials and local government executives.
“I congratulate the local government units of Basilan, our MNLF and MILF brothers and our soldiers for making the contending parties solved their disagreement in peaceful way,” acting 1st ID chief Brig. Gen. Felicito Virgilio Trinidad said
On the other hand, both camps promised to settle their differences.
Ram Idelbert A. Hilario
Leyte Normal University