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British national and Pinay wife kidnapped in Zamboanga del Sur

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A British national and his Filipina wife were kidnapped by armed men in Tukuran, Zamboanga del Sur on Friday night, Tukuran Vice Mayor Delfina Cortina told GMA News in a phone interview.  The incident occurred past 6 p.m. at the beach resort owned by the couple, Cortina said.  The victims were later on identified by Tukuran Police as Allan Arthur Hyrons, 70, and his wife, businesswoman Welma Paglinawan Hyrons, according to GMA Regional TV One Mindanao.   Police said the two were abducted at 6:50 p.m. in Barangay Alindahaw by four armed men who were still unidentified. 

The armed men forcibly took the couple outside the beach resort that they own.  They herded them into two motorized bancas which went into opposite directions, one going to Pagadian and the other one going to Lanao del Norte.  One of the resort's staff witnessed the abduction.

Police Chief Master Sergeant Oliver Cimafranca of the Tukuran police said two of the abductors even checked in at the resort the day before the adbuction.   The Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines were already on hot pursuit. - https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/regions/710555/british-national-pinay-wife-kidnapped-in-zamboanga-del-sur/story/?featured

 

 

 

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RedRanger

I wish Duterte would find these guys, and round them up and their family members and have them hanging from trees for a public hanging.  

Odds are him being 70 he won't come back alive

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36 minutes ago, RedRanger said:

I wish Duterte would find these guys, and round them up and their family members and have them hanging from trees for a public hanging.  

This is nonsense   !!!  And I'm glad YOU are not in power.

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Bama

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/regions/710555/british-national-pinay-wife-kidnapped-in-zamboanga-del-sur/story/

This link has a pic of the couple in the off chance that some one here might recognize them.

Forgot to mention that one report that I saw this morning suggested that it could be a " personal conflict" that led to this kidnapping. Hope that they are returned unharmed soon.

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JonnyBravo

Damn that’s right in the heart of Mindanao.


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Headshot

Sounds like an Abu Sayyaf op to me. Those people are truly the scum of the earth.

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Davaoeno
1 hour ago, RedRanger said:

I wish Duterte would find these guys, and round them up and their family members and have them hanging from trees for a public hanging.  

Odds are him being 70 he won't come back alive

Idi Amin, Hitler  and other butchers of the past would  certainly approve of your methods 

48 minutes ago, Bama said:

one report that I saw this morning suggested that it could be a " personal conflict" that led to this kidnapping

I saw that also . Given the source I didnt think it worth repeating . 

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battleborn

My wife's family lives close to there.  We are in the process of of looking at some property to build a home west of that area.

Been there many times.

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Bama

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/regions/710574/p1-million-reward-put-up-for-info-on-kidnapping-of-british-national-pinay-wife/story/

P1-million reward put up for info on kidnapping of British national, Pinay wife

Published October 5, 2019 4:20pm

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The provincial government of Zamboanga del Sur announced on Saturday it is offering a P1-million reward for anyone who can give information that would lead to the arrest of the kidnappers of a British national and his Filipina wife.

Allan Arthur Hyrons, 70, and his wife Welma Paglinawan Hyrons were abducted by armed men on Friday night at the beach resort owned by the couple in Barangay Alindahaw, Tukuran town.

The Zamboanga Provincial Government announced the reward on its Facebook account.

It added that the government is doing all it can to rescue the Hyrons couple.

“The Provincial Government of Zamboanga del Sur is exhausting all measures to rescue the lives of the Hyrons couple who were abducted by unidentified gunmen at their resort in Tukuran on Friday night," the post read.

Troops were placed on full alert in coastal municipalities, it added.

"Board Member John Regala, Chairperson of the Committee on Peace and Order, thru the order of Prov’l. Chairman of Peace and Order Council Gov. Victor J. Yu, has raised full alert status to all troops in coastal municipalities of the province for possible blocking of the suspects," the post read.

"The provincial government is in close coordination with law enforcement agencies in their joint efforts to solve this case as soon as possible," it added.

Authorities said the kidnapping is an isolated case.

"This is an isolated case and rest assured the entire Zamboanga del Sur remains safe and generally peaceful. Let us remain calm and vigilant. Report any information you can give to our Provincial Information Officer Jeesrel Himang 09098947989 or to nearest Police Station in your area," the announcement read. —Aude Hampong/KG, GMA News

 

 

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Hyrons Resort

 

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Davaoeno

Saying not to worry because it is just ' an isolated case " without giving any explanation for saying that is manipulative and shows no regard for the safety of foreigners .

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Jawny

This topic is quite serious, relating to the horrific experience some couple is having while little can be done effectively to locate them and attempt a rescue. Hostage situations here are not known for turning out well for the hostages. 
 

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Bama

https://www.philstar.com/nation/2019/10/07/1957973/blockade-set-vs-kidnappers-british-trader-wife

Blockade set up vs kidnappers of British trader, wife
 

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ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines — Government security forces have set up blockade operations to prevent the kidnappers of a British businessman and his Filipina wife from leaving Zamboanga del Sur, officials said over the weekend.

Authorities expressed belief the kidnappers and their captives Allan Arthur Hyrons, 70, and his wife Wilma were still in the province.

The military scoured areas leading to Lanao del Norte, where one of the suspects’ motorized boat was spotted on the night of the kidnapping.

The victims, owners of the Hyrons Beach Resort, were seized shortly before 7 p.m. on Friday from their property in Barangay Alindahaw, Tukuran town.

Two of the six suspects, who reportedly posed as guests of the resort, dragged the victims at gunpoint toward two boats, which sailed in different directions as they fled from the area.

One of the boats reportedly headed toward Pagadian City and the other to Lanao del Norte, according to Maj. Helen Galvez, spokesperson for the Zamboanga regional police.

Authorities have yet to determine if the kidnappers separated the couple.

Meanwhile the Philippine Coast Guard will block attempts of the kidnappers to bring the captives to Jolo, Sulu, according to Cmdre. Joseph Coyme, chief of the PCG-Southwestern Mindanao District.

The PCG is working with the Western Mindanao Command and the Philippine National Police to prevent the suspects from turning over the Hyrons to negotiators in charge of communicating with the victims’ families. 

 

 

 

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baby43

Just off topic a bit that Australian man who was kidnapped 3 or 4 years ago found walking along the beach after family in Australia paid a ransom, there was suspicion there it was being invested by the Australian federal police and the Philippines police that,s the last heard about maybe someone here knows more .

Its not good this happen to this man and wife, here in Australia our foreign affairs dept warn us to keep way from this place fear of kidnapping and the risk being kidnapped or being killed.

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Headshot
On 10/6/2019 at 7:12 AM, battleborn said:

My wife's family lives close to there.  We are in the process of of looking at some property to build a home west of that area.

Been there many times.

You sound fairly confident that you will be safe in that area. Are you sure that we won't be reading about the bad things that happened to you and your wife sometime in the future?

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cogon88
2 hours ago, Headshot said:

You sound fairly confident that you will be safe in that area. Are you sure that we won't be reading about the bad things that happened to you and your wife sometime in the future?

Well here is a partial list of the reported shootings and bombing in the south from 2017 - 2018

 https://www.osac.gov/Country/Philippines/Content/Detail/Report/d3be3560-6b42-4c0d-a621-15f4aea87572

For more than a decade, terrorists, insurgents, and criminal actors have carried out major attacks against civilians. Most of these have occurred in southern and western Mindanao and on the islands of Basilan and Sulu. Some notable recent attacks include:

In January 2017, suspected Abu Sayyaf militants killed eight fishermen in an attack in Zamboanga.

In March 2017, suspected Abu Sayyaf militants killed at least four people and wounded 23 in a grenade attack in the Sulu area.

In April 2017, a firefight killed three Philippine Army soldiers, a police officer, two civilians and four militants near Inabanga, Bohol. 

In July 2017, Abu Sayyaf militants beheaded two Vietnamese sailors held hostages for eight months in Basilan.

In July 2017, Abu Sayyaf left the bodies of seven Filipino loggers they had previously kidnapped in two separate towns of Basilan.

In August 2017, Abu Sayyaf killed nine people and wounded 16 others in an attack in Basilan province.

In July 2018, suspected Abu Sayyaf militants killed 11 people when a van with an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded at a military checkpoint in Lamitan.

In August 2018, the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters killed three people and wounded 36 during the 60th anniversary of Hamungaya Festival in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat.

In September 2018, an explosion in Isulan killed two people and injured 14. 

In December 2018, a bomb exploded outside a shopping mall in Cotabato, killing two people were and wounding 35. Authorities deactivated another suspected IED found in a subsequent search of the area. 

 

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Bama

If we are getting on the way back machine a bit---check out last Octobers discussion when Cebu had a higher murder rate than Chi Town.

IMO there is really nowhere in the PI that is truly safe.Things that no one would pay attention to in the US,Oz,etc can get you killed here quickly.Southern PI is even worse it seems.

https://www.livingincebuforums.com/topic/112800-philippines-getting-safer/#comments

 

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A possible motive and composite sketch of abductor...............

https://www.benarnews.org/english/news/philippine/couple-abducted-10072019124658.html

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Government troops and police officers have fanned out across the southern Philippines to search for a British businessman and his Filipino wife who were abducted from a beach resort on Friday night, officials said Monday.

A group of six armed men seized Allan Arthur Hyrons, 70, and Welma Paglinawan-Hyrons from the resort in Tukuran, a town in Zamboanga del Sur province, according to authorities.

“Until now, there is no ransom demand,” said Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, the military’s regional leader. “Troops and police have been scouring coastal areas looking for them.”

The couple had recently fired several teachers at a school they own, and “disgruntled relatives of the teachers could have retaliated,” Sobejana said.

Investigators are interviewing people associated with the school but no charges have been filed.

The British Embassy in Manila has not issued any statements so far about the kidnapping.

Four of the six suspects were waiting at the resort for the couple and abducted them as soon as they arrived there, an initial investigation revealed. Two boats that were used in the escape sped off in opposite directions, according to investigators.

Police, meanwhile, released a computer-generated sketch of a person of interest in the abduction, while local officials offered a reward for anyone who could provide information about the victims’ whereabouts.

Maj. Helen Galvez, a local police spokeswoman, said the computer-generated sketch was based on CCTV footage of the abduction.

“A facial composite of one of the persons of interest has been released to the public already to help our police forces in tracking down the suspects and recover the victims safely,” Galvez said.

In Manila, presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo described the abduction as an isolated case and assured foreigners that they could visit Zamboanga del Sur safely.

“Sometimes that happens even if there’s martial law. It’s isolated. We cannot avoid that,” Panelo said, adding that tourists should take precautions and avoid places where militants are known to operate in the Philippine south.

 

 

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battleborn
14 hours ago, Headshot said:

You sound fairly confident that you will be safe in that area. Are you sure that we won't be reading about the bad things that happened to you and your wife sometime in the future?

I was married there 2 1/2 years ago and have visited many times.  My wife's family are rice farmers and live east of Pagadian City.  Most of their shopping is done in Pagadian City and I found it quite safe and seems to me to be a smaller percentage of Muslims vs Catholics in the city.  I wouldn't venture west of the city, Zamboagnia peninsula in particular.

I also do no smell of money, just a few old piso's and some old t-shirts.  The guy that was kidnapped owned a beach resort and a couple of schools. He probably drove around in a pretty nice vehicle also.  He smelled of money.  Not me.  I also noticed the kidnappers loaded the victims onto near by boats, seems like that is a preferred method for a getaway without pursuit.

Also, SM is currently building a mall in Pagadian City close to their airport. I believe they spent some time evaluating the safety of the area before they decided to build.

Confident no.  Reasonably sure, yes

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battleborn
12 hours ago, cogon88 said:

Well here is a partial list of the reported shootings and bombing in the south from 2017 - 2018

 https://www.osac.gov/Country/Philippines/Content/Detail/Report/d3be3560-6b42-4c0d-a621-15f4aea87572

For more than a decade, terrorists, insurgents, and criminal actors have carried out major attacks against civilians. Most of these have occurred in southern and western Mindanao and on the islands of Basilan and Sulu. Some notable recent attacks include:

In January 2017, suspected Abu Sayyaf militants killed eight fishermen in an attack in Zamboanga.

In March 2017, suspected Abu Sayyaf militants killed at least four people and wounded 23 in a grenade attack in the Sulu area.

In April 2017, a firefight killed three Philippine Army soldiers, a police officer, two civilians and four militants near Inabanga, Bohol. 

In July 2017, Abu Sayyaf militants beheaded two Vietnamese sailors held hostages for eight months in Basilan.

In July 2017, Abu Sayyaf left the bodies of seven Filipino loggers they had previously kidnapped in two separate towns of Basilan.

In August 2017, Abu Sayyaf killed nine people and wounded 16 others in an attack in Basilan province.

In July 2018, suspected Abu Sayyaf militants killed 11 people when a van with an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded at a military checkpoint in Lamitan.

In August 2018, the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters killed three people and wounded 36 during the 60th anniversary of Hamungaya Festival in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat.

In September 2018, an explosion in Isulan killed two people and injured 14. 

In December 2018, a bomb exploded outside a shopping mall in Cotabato, killing two people were and wounding 35. Authorities deactivated another suspected IED found in a subsequent search of the area. 

 

I wouldn't plan a Sunday picnic in any of those areas

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Davaoeno
4 hours ago, Bama said:

Sometimes that happens even if there’s martial law. It’s isolated. We cannot avoid that,” Panelo said,

I feel so much better now that I know that they can not avoid it !!    

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Headshot
6 hours ago, battleborn said:

I was married there 2 1/2 years ago and have visited many times.  My wife's family are rice farmers and live east of Pagadian City.  Most of their shopping is done in Pagadian City and I found it quite safe and seems to me to be a smaller percentage of Muslims vs Catholics in the city.  I wouldn't venture west of the city, Zamboagnia peninsula in particular.

I also do no smell of money, just a few old piso's and some old t-shirts.  The guy that was kidnapped owned a beach resort and a couple of schools. He probably drove around in a pretty nice vehicle also.  He smelled of money.  Not me.  I also noticed the kidnappers loaded the victims onto near by boats, seems like that is a preferred method for a getaway without pursuit.

Also, SM is currently building a mall in Pagadian City close to their airport. I believe they spent some time evaluating the safety of the area before they decided to build.

Confident no.  Reasonably sure, yes

Just remember. Living there is different than just visiting. Once you live there, you will be more easily patterned. They assume that ALL foreigners are rich (or at least have access to money), so appearance is no protection.

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Thanks for your input

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