Kidnapped Fil-Am boy escapes from his captors in Basilan

ABS-CBNNews.com reports that 14-year-old Kevin Lunsmann-who was kidnapped along with his mother Gerfa Lunsmann, 50 and cousin Romnick Jackaria, 19, in Tictabon Island, Zamboanga City last July 12-escaped from his abductors on Saturday night, December 10. Gerfa was freed by her captors last October 2, Jackaria likewise escaped from them in November.

ABS-CBNNews.com reports that 14-year-old Kevin Lunsmann-who was kidnapped along with his mother Gerfa Lunsmann, 50 and  cousin Romnick Jackaria, 19, in Tictabon Island, Zamboanga City last July 12-escaped from his abductors on Saturday night, December 10. Gerfa was freed by her captors last October 2, Jackaria likewise escaped from them in November.

 

The  report quoted Zamboanga City Mayor Celso Lobregat, head of the Crisis Management Committee (CMC), who reveale that Lunsmann escaped and followed a river after noticing that he was left unguarded. The river led the boy to Lamitan City, Basilan. According to the report, the boy was spotted by village officials in Bulingan in Lamitan City and was brought to authorities.

 

The report noted: "Lobregat said Lunsmann was then turned over to agents of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation and representatives of the US Embassy and the Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines."

 

On Sunday, December 11, U.S. Ambassador to Manila Harry Thomas thanked the Philippine government for its "tireless efforts" to free Lunsmann. In a statement released to the media, Thomas said, "Kevin’s freedom is not the end of the process, however, and we look for speedy investigation and prosecution of all those involved in the kidnapping of American citizens. I also want to acknowledge the courage of Kevin himself, and his family, throughout this long ordeal."

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