Kidnapped teacher in Sulu freed after ransom paid

Published October 16, 2019, 10:46 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Nonoy Lacson

ZAMBOANGA CITY –A police and military team on Wednesday rescued in Jolo, Sulu, an elementary school teacher who was kidnapped in Zamboanga City, minutes after her daughter handed the ransom to a woman believed to be an associate of her abductors.

The team recovered the teacher, Rosina Singua, from a room of the ANR hotel in downtown Jolo.

Singua, 58, teaches at the Culianan Elementary School in this city.

The Sulu Provincial Police Office said the team was made up of elements from the Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG), police, the Military Intelligence Group (MIG 26).

Singua’s daughter, Soraya Bantongan, handed the ransom money to a woman later identified as Nurina Jura, 22 a resident of Jolo.

Bantongan handed the ransom to Jura at Jolo port about 5:45 am Wednesday.

After receiving the money, which was in a black bag, Jura instructed Bantongan to go to the hotel room where her mother was being kept. Sura then rode a tricycle, the reports said.

Jura was later arrested while waiting for a jeepney ride to Indanan, Sulu.

A follow-up operation also resulted in the arrest of Nurjia T. Asakil, who took the initial payment of the ransom at Palawan Express last Sunday.

Singua left her house on  Sept. 27, together with a female friend, identified only as “EMS” to attend a wedding in Dipolog City.

It was not known how she and her companion ended up in Jolo and was kidnapped in front of the Mt. Carmel Church on Oct. 27.

Her kidnappers had reportedly demanded P10 million but settled for P5 million.