Captors release Fil-Chi trader in Maguindanao

SUSPECTED Moro rebels released early Tuesday morning 47-year-old May Soken Chew Mantique who was abducted early this month , the military reported Tuesday.

Col. Prudencio Asto,. spokesman of the Army’s  6th Infantry Division spokesman, confirmed the release of the Filipino-Chinese businesswoman  at around 4:30 a.m. in Barangay Datumen, Kabuntalan, Maguindanao.

“Kidnap victim Mantique is now here in our camp, she was released earlier and our troops fetched her back to our camp and she’s in our hospital for medical procedure,” Asto told defense reporters in an phone interview.

However, the military official was mum when asked if there were any ransom paid for Mantique’s release or if the abductors were members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

“We don’t know that,,” Asto told the media, adding that even the MILF rebels exerted efforts for the safe release of the kidnap victim.

“It’s hard to determine who are the kidnappers until such time we have proof who really handled this kidnapping,” he said.

The military official said the victim is in good physical condition and no signs of injuries, but are still undergoing medical procedure.

Matinque was snatched by a group of armed men, who reportedly members of a group headed by a certain Mayangkang Saguile, while she was tending her grocery store at Sitio Noro, Barangay Poblacion last May 15.

The reports said Mantique was forced by the suspects inside a light blue Mitsubishi sedan (PNT-955), which was later abandoned in Barangay Mirab, North Upi town.

The suspects were seen heading towards Barangay. Sibuto in Datu Odin Sinsuat town.

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