2 abductors of Zambo mayor’s son captured

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Police have arrested two men who were implicated in the daring abduction of the son of a town mayor in Zamboanga del Norte province in southern Philippines, officials said Saturday.

Chief Inspector Helen Galvez, a regional police spokeswoman, said the duo – Soudi Pondusan Banguih, 36; and Edilberto Sarmago Albino, 61, were arrested in the town of Sirawai also in Zamboanga del Norte. She said a witness to the abduction Jolito Rodillos has positively identified the two suspects as among the 6 men that seized the 28-year old Jelster Ed Tiu Quimbo in Labason town late Wednesday.

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The victim’s father, Ed Quimbo, is the incumbent mayor of Labason.

“Both persons allegedly were involved in the recent abduction of Jelster Tiu Quimbo in Labason, Zamboanga Del Norte based on the CCTV footage and confirmation of the witness Jolito Timanono Rodillos, who was with the victim during the incident. He directly identified that the two suspects were involved and companion with the abductors during the time of incident,” Galvez said.

She did not say how policemen tracked down Banguih and Albino, or whether the two men are members of the Abu Sayyaf or other rebel group operating in the province.

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