Abu Sayyafs free gov’t mechanic

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- Abu Sayyaf bandits have released the government mechanic they seized more than a week ago in the province of Sulu.

Freed was Ronald Pelegrin, 38, the chief mechanic of the Sulu Provincial Engineer’s Office.

The Abu Sayyaf bandits seized Pelegrin and his cousin, Dante Avilla, 29, from their sleeping quarters at the Provincial Engineer’s Office in Patikul in the evening of August 16.

The bandits killed Avilla after the latter refused to go with them. Avilla was the assistant of Pelegrin and a resident of Pasobolong.

Pelegrin said he walked to the Provincial Engineer’s Office after the Abu Sayyaf bandits released him late Wednesday in the village of Danag, Patikul.

The Provincial Engineer’s Office immediately contacted the Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG) to report about Pelegrin’s release.

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Pelegrin, escorted by AKG personnel, boarded a commercial ferry and arrived in this city early Thursday.

He was met by his family members and police authorities and was taken to Camp Batalla where he underwent medical check-up.

Pelegrin, 38, and his family went home around 11 a.m. Thursday. He is a father of three children.

Pelegrin said he doesn’t have intentions to return to work at the Provincial Engineer’s Office in Sulu. (Bong Garcia)

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