MANILA, Philippines – A public school teacher was abducted by armed men in Zamboanga City on Tuesday evening, police said.
Police said Flordeliza Ongchua was accosted by some 13 men inside her house in Barangay Labuan, Zamboanga City at around 7 p.m.
Flordeliza's daughter, Faye, said the armed men initially went to the house of barangay chairman Oning Maravilla. However, the barangay official was not around at that time.
The suspects then went to the house of the Ongchuas. When Flordeliza and Faye noticed that the men were armed, they immediately went inside their room and locked it.
The suspects, however, destroyed the room's door.
Faye said the abductors were supposed to take her as well, but her mother begged to spare her.
Flordeliza's husband, Arnold, was not around when the abduction occurred. The armed men and Flordeliza were already boarding a pump boat when he arrived at their house.
Police said before the abduction, some of the suspects had disarmed the policemen in a nearby station. The Ongchua family's security guard was also disarmed by the suspects.
Maravilla admitted he has been receiving kidnap threats from unknown people. Intelligence operatives had likewise warned him and the Ongchuas of the threats.
Police have launched a rescue operation for Flordeliza. The Zamboanga City Police has been placed on heightened alert following the incident. – report from RJ Rosalado, ABS-CBN News Zamboanga