Armed group abducts businessman in Bukidnon, demands P2-M ransom

Published August 13, 2022, 9:48 PM

by Franck Dick Rosete

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY — The police authorities confirmed that a businessman was abducted by an armed group in Kalilangan town in Bukidnon province on Friday, August 12.

The kidnappers are demanding P2-million ransom for the immediate release of the victim identified as Engr. Abdel Fahar Mapandi, a contractor and a resident of this city, said Police Lt. Col. Michelle Olaivar, spokesperson of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Northern Mindanao, in a phone interview Saturday, August 13.

Olaivar said that based on the statement of a witness, about five to six armed men who presented themselves as police personnel, abducted Mapandi at around 3 a.m. on Friday while sleeping at the residence of Omar Bayabao in Malinao village in Kalilangan town.

The victim was dragged going to the vehicles used by the armed men and went to Lanao del Sur direction.

Mapandi, the spokesperson said, was in Kalilangan town because of another project and currently staying at Bayabao’s residence.

Olaivar said the victim was able to contact his immediate family using the suspect’s phone and informed the relatives about the P2-million ransom for his immediate release.

The immediate family, Olaivar said, is suspecting the victim’s childhood friend and a business partner as the alleged mastermind of the kidnapping.

“Kasi one sided pa lang ato nakuha nga information. Although mao ni ang giingon sa side sa biktima, still padayon gihapon ato investigation and we need to find out ang kini mga names na gihatag nila,” Olaivar said.

(The information we received is only one sided. Although, these are [the information] said on the side [immediate family] of the victim, still we will continue our investigation and we need to find out the names that they have given.)

The PNP-10 spokesperson said that based on a report she received from the Kalilangan police, Mapandi and the suspect had an alleged misunderstanding on the payment of their last project, as the suspect allegedly expected to receive a higher share.

“He [the suspected mastermind] thought nga nahatag na ang kwarta but sabi ni biktima nga wala oy mao rani ang amount nga nahatag sa atoa pa (that money has already been given but the victim said that this is only the amount that we have received),” Olaivar said.

As of this writing, the regional police have coordinated with the PNP’s Anti-Kidnapping Group to identify the suspects and for the immediate release of the victim.