MANILA – Philippine authorities and its counterpart in Malaysia are in close coordination following the abduction of two women, including a Filipina, by armed gunmen in Sabah on Wednesday night.
"The embassy’s Police attaché immediately alerted Philippine police authorities in nearby areas for possible interdiction, in the event the perpetrators and their victims were headed their way," the Philippine embassy in Kuala Lumpur said.
The embassy said the Philippine National Police maritime units and anti-kidnapping operatives are exchanging information with their Malaysian counterparts in the speedy resolution of the case.
"We join the authorities in the desire for a speedy resolution of the case and the safe return of the victims to their families," it added.
Reuters reported that the Filipina hotel worker and a Chinese tourist were taken at around 10:30 p.m. from Singgahmata Island off the coastal town of Semporna in Sabah.
"As of the moment, authorities cannot release the name of the Filipina victim until her next of kin has been notified," the embassy said.