Mindanao’s third most wanted kidnapper arrested in Zamboanga Sibugay

Published September 26, 2019, 11:09 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Aaron Recuenco

Anti-kidnapping operatives of the Philippine National Police (PNP) have arrested the number three most wanted person in Mindanao in a raid in his lair in Zamboanga Sibugay.

(Photo via Aaron Recuenco)
(Photo via Aaron Recuenco)

Col. Jonnel Estomo, director of the Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG), said the arrested suspect is a preacher and a member of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

He identified the suspect as Nasirin Baladji who uses the alias Zaed.

“He was arrested after six months of surveillance,” said Estomo.

The raid was conducted in Kabasalan, Zamboanga Sibugay using an arrest warrant for a case of kidnapping.

Baladji was tagged as involved in the kidnapping of Rolando Del Torchio in Dipolog City on Oct 7, 2015; Elmer Romoc on Aug. 5, 2015 in Dipolog City and Jordanian journalist Baker Atyani in Jolo, Sulu on June 12, 2012.
“We have been intensifying our efforts against wanted persons involved in kidnapping and this is one of the results,” said Estomo.