36 hostages rescued from MNLF rebels

Posted at 09/16/13 8:53 PM

ZAMBOANGA (2nd UPDATE) - Government troops rescued 36 hostages from Moro National Liberation Front (MLNF) gunmen in Zamboanga City on Monday night, the military said.

An initial 26 hostages were rescued in Lustre Drive, Barangay Sta. Catalina, the Army's Joint Special Operations Group said in a report.

They were freed by troops from the 7th Scout Ranger Company at around 6:45 p.m., according to Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc, commander of the Army's 7th Civil Relations Group.

They were brought to the Southern City Colleges, where they rested and were given food.

They were later brought to Camp Batalla for documentation and investigation.

Another 10 were freed later in the night, the city government said. They were also brought to the police camp.

Zamboanga City Councilor BG Guingona, head of the hostage processing unit, said they want to make sure that no MNLF rebel is part of the rescued hostages.

Among those who were freed include the father of priest Michael Ufana, who was earlier released by the rebels.

The city government identified the freed hostages as:

1. Isidro Ufana
2. Madelyn Ufana
3. Akia Rain Aninon
4. Pilar Ramos
5. Limuel Agacita

6. John Paul Planteras
7. Judith Pasilan Arnado
8. Miguel Delos Reyes
9. Jake Louie Diaz Barcero
10. Aerbert Dagohoy

11. Elsie Isidro Romo
12. Dante Dales
13. Rostica Marino Dales
14. Ricky Roa Cabangon Jr.
15. Momar Toribio Javier

16. Harold Jay Atilano
17. Jeffrey Illore Baricua
18. Boyet Torres
19. Juana Cepada
20. Reyneil Olis

21. Glorifaith De Leon
22. Analyn Dela Pena
23. Mark Vincent Luspo
24. Densteve Fajardo Empuesto
25. Christina Decipalo Mendoza

26. Darrell Fajardo Empuesto
27. Vincent Roda Cartegenas
28. James Ryan Vencer
29. Ryan Jay Espinueva
30. Nonito Estrada

31. Noel Rebollos Pagotaisidro
32. Romeo Decipolo
33. Janil Uran
34. Joel Rubio Mueblas

Two other hostages requested that their names not be published, the city government said.

As of Monday night, a total of 53 hostages have been either released by their captors or rescued by government forces.

Another 14 hostages escaped from the MNLF, the Armed Forces said. - with a report from RJ Rosalado, ABS-CBN Zamboanga