DFA confirms kidnapping of Filipina in Malaysia

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday confirmed the abduction of a female Filipino worker in Sabah, Malaysia.

Citing a report from the Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, the department said that the unnamed Filipina, along with a Chinese national, was seized by criminal elements at the Singamata Resort near Semporna, Sabah Wednesday night around 10:30 p.m.

"As of the moment, authorities cannot release the name of the Filipina victim until her next of kin has been notified," the DFA said in a statement.

It said that the Embassy's Police Attaché immediately alerted Philippine police authorities in nearby areas for possible interdiction, in the event the perpetrators and their victims were headed their way.

"Philippine authorities, especially Philippine National Police maritime units and anti-kidnapping operatives, are actively and closely coordinating with their Malaysian counterparts in exchanging information and in working towards the speedy resolution of the case," the DFA added.

It expressed hope for a speedy resolution of the case and the safe return of the victims to their families. (SDR/Sunnex)

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