Freed kidnap victim shows scars

by Queenie Casimiro, ABS CBN News Zamboanga

Posted at Nov 15 2011 02:07 AM | Updated as of Nov 15 2011 10:33 AM

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines - A cousin of a US citizen kidnapped in an island in Zamboanga City last July has escaped from his captors.

Members of the Zamboanga City Crisis Management Committee led by City Mayor Celso Lobregat met with the kidnap victim, Romnick Jakaria, in a closed-door meeting at the AFP Western Mindanao Command on Monday afternoon.

Lobregat allowed ABS CBN News to meet Jakaria, but without a cameraman.

Jakaria said he does not want to be presented to the media.

He showed scars on his arms which he allegedly sustained during his escape.

Jakaria claimed, 3 days after his cousin Gerfa Lunsmann was freed in October, he was separated from the other captive, Gerfa's son Kevin Eric. Since then, has had no information about the teen's status and whereabouts.

Jakaria, his cousin Gerfa and nephew Kevin Eric were forcibly taken from the Lunsmann's rest house in Barangay Tigtabon, off the coast of Zamboanga City on July 12, 2011. They were brought to Basilan.

Gerfa was freed on October 2. She also refused media interviews except for a brief presentation of her at the City Hall.

Latest reports from the Directorate for Integrated Police Operations Western Mindanao reveal Lunsmann was allegedly sighted at Barangay Guinanta in Al-Barka town with another kidnap victim from Pitogo, Zamboanga del Sur, Monalisa Capa.