MANILA—The provincial government of Zamboanga del Sur increased the reward money to P2-million for anyone who could give leads for the arrest of the kidnappers of a British man and his Filipina wife.
During the provincial peace and order council meeting Monday, Pagadian City Mayor Samuel Co added P500,000. Another P200,000 was from Tukuran Mayor Macario Tingson and P100,000 each from Dimataling Mayor Avelino Erauda, Dinas Mayor Eleazar Asoy and Governor Victor Yu.
"Isa sa mga plano sa agarang pagbigay solusyon sa crisis na ito ay nag-ambag-ambag ang mga mayor para madagdagan ang bounty so umabot siya ng P-1.9M kasi may pauna ng P1 milyon na ibinigay, dinagdagan na lang ni governor ng another P100,000.00 to make it P2 million," said Provincial Information Officer Jeesrel Himang.
British national Allan Hyrons and Filipino wife Wilma Hyrons were kidnapped by armed men shortly after arriving at their beach resort in Barangay Alindahaw in Tukuran on the night of October 4.
A witness said the couple was dragged by 4 armed men to pump boats which fled in different directions.
Yu also ordered coastal municipalities to conduct a profiling of their residents, especially those living along the coast.
Law enforcement agencies and the crisis management committee believe that the victims and their abductors are still within the area in Zamboanga Peninsula.
Maritime Police and Coast Guard of the Joint Task Force Hyrons continue to conduct sea patrol while the provincial government is also activating the Bantay Dagat to assist government troops in locating the victims.