5-year-old kidnap victim released in Basilan

Kidnappers on Saturday night released its five-year-old victim in Basilan province after holding him captive for almost a week, a military spokesman said on Sunday.

Navy spokesman Lt. Col. Edgard Arevalo said Aris dela Cruz was released due to “unrelenting pursuit operations” and not because of ransom payment.

He said the boy was recovered by civilian volunteers at about 7:35 p.m. at the vicinity of Sitio Katamilan in Barangay Serongon in Mohamad Adjul town.

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