Another Zambo worker rescued from Abu captors


Posted at Aug 14 2017 12:33 PM

After a month in the clutches of Abu Sayyaf, construction worker Edmundo Moymoy Ramos was reunited with his family Monday.

MANILA - The last of 4 Zamboangeño construction workers held for ransom by the Abu Sayyaf was rescued from his captors in Basilan province on Monday, the military confirmed.

The Joint Task Force Basilan rescued Edmundo Moymoy Ramos in the vicinity of Tapiantana Island at 1 a.m., said Rear Admiral Rene Medina, commander of the Naval Forces Western Mindanao.

Ramos told reporters that a government informant helped him get to the island.

He was treated for a minor injury at the Navy hospital before he was reunited with his family.

The hostage and 3 other residents of Zamboanga were painters hired to work at the Kawmpang Elementary School in Patikul, Sulu. They were sleeping at the school last July 15 when around 20 Abu Sayyaf members barged in and forcibly took them.

Ramos' companions - Jayson Vaelosis, Filemon Guerrero and Joel Adanza - escaped last Friday while their captors were busy praying.

The Abu Sayyaf, whose leaders have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State movement in the Middle East, have been kidnapping foreigners and Christians for decades, holding them for ransom in the jungles of the strife-torn south.

The group, formed from seed money provided by a relative of Al-Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden in the 1990s, also carried out the bombing of a ferry in Manila Bay in 2004 that claimed 116 lives in the country's deadliest terror attack.

Some if its fighters have joined Maute extremists who have laid siege to the southern city of Marawi since March 23. -- With Queenie Casimiro, ABS-CBN News; Agence France-Presse