Abu Sayyaf frees businesswoman

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A BUSINESSMAN, seized by suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits last February in Tawi-Tawi, was freed by her captors on Wednesday morning in Sulu, a police official said.

Sugar Diane Buenviaje was recovered around 7:50 a.m. at the vicinity of the Jolo airport in Barangay Raymond, said Chief Superintendent Agrimero Cruz, commander of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Anti-Kidnapping Task Force in Sulu.

Cruz said Buenviaje was due to be flown to Zamboanga City to undergo debriefing and medical examination.

The victim was snatched by Abu Sayyaf men, armed with sub machine guns and pistols, from her store in Mapu Island in Tawi-Tawi last February and then taken to Sulu.

The rebels, however, did not ask any ransom money for her freedom, Cruz said. (VR/Third Anne Peralta/Sunnex)

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