The military troop has identified the British man and Pinay wife kidnappers’ possible hideout, Thursday.
The kidnappers abducted the British businessman and his Filipino wife in Tukuran, Zamboanga del Sur, earlier this month.
Armed Forces of the Philippines-Western Mindanao Command Chief Lt.Gen said. Cirilito Sobejana said military troops are doing everything they can to bring back the captives alive.
However, Sobejana said that he could not disclose the British man and Pinay wife kidnappers’ possible hideout. This is to ensure the troops’ search and rescue operations would not be hindered.
Four armed men abducted the couple Allan Arthur Hyrons, 70, and his wife, Welma Paglinawan, at the resort they owned in Tukuran, Zamboanga del Sur, on October 4.
Law enforcement agencies and the crisis management committee believe that the victims and their kidnappers are still within the area in the Zamboanga Peninsula.
P2M reward for leads on kidnappers of British national, Filipino wife
Zamboanga del Sur provincial government increased the reward money from P1M to P2-million for anyone who could give information on the kidnappers of British national and his Filipino wife.
Pagadian City Mayor Samuel Co gave P500,000, while Tukuran Mayor Macario Tingson contributed P200,000. Dimataling Mayor Avelino Erauda, Dinas Mayor Eleazar Asoy, and Governor Victor Yu added P100,000 each to complete the P2M reward for anyone who could provide leads to arrest the kidnappers of British national and his Filipino wife.
Authorities revealed earlier revenge for terminating five teachers and kidnap-for-ransom as a possible motive of the Zamboanga kidnapping case.
According to Sobejana, they received a report that before the abduction, the couple fired five teachers from their school property, so it is possible that the teachers’ relatives took revenge.
The couple operates many businesses in the province, including the beach resort where they were abducted.