Ann T. Hápás
Zamboanga City [03.29.16] – Ten Indonesian seamen were reported to be abducted by armed men on board on a commercial tug-boat, Brahma 12 in the territorial waters of Tawi-Tawi on March 16, 2016, a report said.
In a spot report forwarded to The Philippine Examiner through text messages on Monday evening from the Naval Intelligence & Security Force – Western Mindanao [NISF – Western Mindanao], the missing crews of MT Brahma are now the subject of joint military intelligence operations to track their locations.
According to the information, Tawi – Tawi Provincial Police Office had already forwarded the information to Joint Task Force Tawi-Tawi, Naval Intelligence & Security Force [NISF] – Western Mindanao and other intelligence units in ZamBaSulTa areas to locate the kidnapped victims.
Suspected members of Abu Sayaff are believed to behind in the abduction of ten Indonesian nationals and had brought their victims in the province of Sulu or in Basilan, a military official said.
The tugboat is now in the custody of the police in Languyan, Tawi-Tawi, but the ten crews of tug boat Brahma 12 are missing.
The March 16 abduction was confirmed by a certain Joel Mirasol, the Operation Manager of the Manila – based World Mariner Philippines, Incorporated in the afternoon of March 26, 2016 after receiving a phone call from the ship owner of MT Brahma 12, that the ten crews mostly Indonesian nationals were abducted in the territorial waters of Tawi-Tawi near Sabah, Malaysia.
Accordingly, one of the crew one of the crew had managed to call the ship owner using Taiwanese landline phone and informed that they were taken by armed men.
The group is allegedly demanding PhP 50 million ransom from the tug boat owner.
The names of the crews were identified as follow; 1.Peter B. Tonson, 2.Julian Philip, 3.Alvian Elvis Peti, 4. Mahmud, 5. Surian Syah, 6. Surianto., 7. Wawan Saputra, 8. Bayu Oktavianto, 9. Reynaldi 10. Wendi Raknadian.