Abu Sayyaf terrorists kidnapped 5 Zamboangueño development staff and painters in Sulu shortly before a presidential visit at this time (Saturday, July 15).
Local police say that at about 1.30am, six armed males stormed the Kawpang Elementary School Sports Complex in Patikul city and kidnapped the lads. Other stories put the variety of militants as nearer to 20.
The victims have been recognized as Joel Adanza, Felimon Jung Guerrero, Edmundo Ramos, Jayson Ramos Vailosis and Jenly Miranda.
A sixth man, Larry Velasquez, was in a position to leap from a second-floor window and make his escape regardless of being shot within the leg.
He then notified native police concerning the incident.
Ruvina Richa, aunt of Edmundo Ramos and Jayson Ramos Vailosis, realized that the suspects have been asking a million pesos for the lives every of the kidnapped males.
“We are just poor people. Where could we get that money?” she requested.
Richa mentioned her two nephews, together with Felimon Guerrero, have been all painters and so they went to Sulu final January additionally to paint the sports activities complicated.
The police mentioned that the abductors, who have been sporting camouflage uniforms, headed towards the mountain of Patikul.
The abduction occurred just hours before President Duterte flew into the province to visit troopers wounded in earlier clashes with Abu Sayyaf militants.
During the visit he awarded medals to 13 troopers at a navy hospital within the capital city of Jolo. The troopers have been wounded in a conflict in Patikul city on July 7.