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Kidnapped nurse freed in Basilan

Posted by Abi Kwok on November 8, 2008

By Julie Alipala, Abigail Kwok
Mindanao Bureau,
First Posted 22:57:00 11/07/2008

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines—(UPDATE) After more than four months in captivity, 24-year-old nurse Precious Feliciano was freed Friday night by suspected Abu Sayyaf extremists, officials said.

Basilan Vice Governor Al Rasheed Sakalahul said Feliciano’s mother Edelmira joined him in fetching the nurse around 9:45 p.m. in the village of Limbo Kassah, Tipo-Tipo town.

In a phone interview, Precious said she was happy her ordeal had finally ended.
“I am free, am with my mom, am ok,” she said.

Precious was snatched from the village of Manicahan here by the Al-Qaeda-linked militants last July 7.

Senior Superintendent Salik Macapantar, Basilan provincial police chief, told that Precious was now with her parents.

“She is in good condition. Probably by now or tomorrow she’ll see a doctor,” Macapantar said.

He said he was not aware if any ransom was paid for the release of Precious.

The Feliciano family had earlier said they already gave the kidnappers P1.8 million in cash in addition to unspecified number of motorbikes and M-16 rifles but the Al-Qaeda-linked extremists had refused to release her.

Ben, the victim’s brother, said the kidnappers — who are also holding former Tabang Mindanaw coordinator Milet Mendoza — had insisted they still owe them P3.2 million.

It was still not clear if the family had paid the balance before Precious was freed.

Mendoza’s fate remained uncertain and also that of another kidnap victim, Joed Anthony Pilangga.

The Abu Sayyaf was demanding P7 million for Mendoza and P20 million for Pilangga.


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