Doctor abducted in Jolo, Sulu – military

MANILA, Philippines – Four unidentified suspects abducted a man in Jolo, Sulu, on Tuesday evening, February 4, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) confirmed.

Daniel G. Moreno, a doctor, was seized by 4 fully armed men at Barangay Walled City, Jolo, Sulu at around 7 pm on Tuesday, AFP Westmincom chief Lieutenant General Cirilito Sobejana confirmed in a message to reporters.

An initial investigation revealed that the abductors drove off with Moreno aboard a maroon Tamaraw FX van toward the Santanina Rasul Sports Complex and headed toward Kilometer 3 station in neighboring Indanan municipality.

The AFP Westmincom immediately launched pursuit operations, and its special units are "ready for the rescue," Sobejana said. –

JC Gotinga

JC Gotinga often reports about the West Philippine Sea, the communist insurgency, and terrorism as he covers national defense and security for Rappler. He enjoys telling stories about his hometown, Pasig City. JC has worked with Al Jazeera, CNN Philippines, News5, and CBN Asia.