Zamboanga City: A kidnapped school principal was freed by her abductors in Sumisip, Basilan, police said. Freed was Betina Latonio, principal of the Manggal Elementary School, who was kidnapped by armed men while she was on her way to school. Nuriya Jamaldin, the north district school supervisor, said the 62-year-old Latonio was released where she was taken, in the village of Libug in Sumisip.
Jamaldin said that a day after Latonio was abducted; kidnappers demanded a P3-million ransom. She said negotiators told the kidnappers that residents of Sumisip and soldiers would march to the kidnappers’ lair if Latonio was not freed.
Senior Supt. Mario Dapilloza, Basilan police chief, said the release was made possible “through the concerted effort of Sumisip Crisis Management Committee led by Mayor Gulam Hataman.”