Kidnappers releases pregnant trader from Cotabato City

MANILA, Philippines – A three-month pregnant trader abducted more than a week ago by gunmen in Cotabato City was safely released by her kidnappers on early dawn Sunday in a remote village in Maguindanao, police reports said.

The victim, Jinky Yap, 38, was released by her captors at around 2:10 a.m. in the vicinity of Barangay Tambonan in Talayan, Maguindanao, reports reaching the PNP’s operations center in Camp Crame said.

The reports said that no ransom was paid for the release of the kidnap victim, who was fetched by Cotabato City administrator, lawyer Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi, who was escorted by combine police and marine troops.

The report said, Yap, who owns a grocery in Cotabato City, was observed to be thin and pale in appearance and could hardly talk, visibly affected by her nine-day ordeal in the hands of her kidnappers.

The victim underwent a short debriefing with members of the Cotabato City Crisis Management Council before she was brought by her husband to their family doctor for proper medical attention.

The victim was busy tending her mini-grocery along Sinsuat Ave., in Cotabato City when she was snatched and dragged into a van by four gunmen on the evening of April 1, the reports said.

Yap’s kidnappers reportedly demanded some P15 million for her safe release, but the reports said no ransom money was paid in exchange for her freedom and her release was made through negotiation. Anthony Vargas

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