2 suspects in kidnapping of mayor's son arrested

RJ Rosalado, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 11 2017 04:20 PM

Two suspected abductors of the son of Labason, Zamboanga del Norte mayor were arrested in Sirawai town Friday, a top police official said. 

Senior Inspector Sergio Bihag, Labason police chief, identified the two suspects as Soudi Banguih and Edilberto Albino.

He said the two were spotted in a residential house in Sirawai during the hot pursuit operation of the local police, following the abduction of Jelster Ed Quimbo inside his hardware store in Barangay Poblacion in Labason last September 6.

A witness to the incident positively identified the two suspects as among the six armed men who went to Quimbo's hardware store and abducted Mayor Eddie Quimbo's son at gun point.

Quimbo was made to board a red van, which was eventually abandoned by the abductors in the coastal village of Usukan.

Senior Superintendent Raul Tacaca, the provincial director of Zamboanga del Norte Police, said one of the arrested suspects, a native of Labason, served as a lookout of the armed group.

The police filed a case of kidnapping with serious illegal detention against Albino and Banguih last Friday.

Authorities have yet to establish the group behind the latest abduction in Zamboanga del Norte.

Tacaca said they have been coordinating with the local rebels including the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) in their area to help them in gathering information and locating the abductors of Quimbo.

The Highway Patrol Group in Region 9 said the red van used by the abductors as a getaway vehicle was not included in the list of stolen vehicles.

The vehicle was last registered on December 10, 2015 under the name of a certain Romeo Beltejar of Antipolo City, Atty. Aminola Abaton, Land Transportation Office Region 9 director, said.