Juky 3 , 2013 – Authorities arrested suspected kidnap-for-ransom group member in the province of Zamboanga Sibugay. The suspect, Basir Sakilan, was arrested at around 3 a.m. in Barangay Bluawan, Payao municipality. Sakilan, 41, has a pending warrant of arrest for kidnapping and serious illegal detention issued by Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 24 Judge Josefino Bael of Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay. He was allegedly involved in the November 9, 2010 kidnapping of businessmen Reynaldo Drapeza and Joel Endino  (freed in April 2011) in the boundary of Kabasalan and Payao towns.

June 22, 2013 – SIX unidentified persons kidnapped a public school teacher Saturday night in Zamboanga City, police said. Police chief inspector of Zamboanga Peninsula Police Office, said that the victim identified as Al Roxas was seized around 7:20 p.m. at Barangay Campo Islam.

June 25, 2013 – Islamist militants kidnapped two Filipina Muslim film-makers in the southern Philippines as they were working on a movie about the area’s impoverished residents. Members of the Abu Sayyaf group abducted the sisters as they were visiting Jolo island on Saturday. “There were armed men who flagged their vehicle down and abducted them and took them to their hideout,” said Jolo Marine commander Colonel Jose Cenabre. He said the women’s companions identified the leader of the kidnappers as Ninok Sapari, head of an Abu Sayyaf faction known for abducting local residents for ransom. So far, there are no reports on the demands of the kidnappers, he added. Linda Bansil, 35 and her sister, Nadjoua, 39, had been working on a film about Muslim coffee-growers in Jolo when they were taken, said Ledrolen Manriquez, chief of the Peace and Conflict Journalism Network, to which the women belong. “They went there thinking they were safe. They are from the area. Why are they kidnapping their Muslim sisters?” she said. The network had trained the women in “conflict-sensitive reporting” and they had made short films on the plight of Muslims and the effects of the armed conflict in the south, Manriquez said. The sisters are daughters of a prominent now deceased Muslim preacher.

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