Two EU nationals abducted in Tawi-Tawi

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ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines/01 February 2012 by Frencie Carreon—Two Europeans  were abducted by unidentified armed men at Sitio Luuk-Luuk in the coastal village of Parangan, Panglima Sugala, in Tawi-tawi Province at about 1:50 this afternoon.

Life does not come easy to the peace-loving Sama people in Tawi-Tawi, the Philippines' southernmost group of islands. Most Bajau children cannot even categorically say they are Filipinos; for them, they are simply "Sama Dilaut," or people of the sea. FILE PHOTO BY FRENCIE CARREON/THE PHILSOUTH ANGLE

Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Police based in the province’s capital, Bongao, identified the victims as Ewold Horn, 52 years old from Holland, and Lorenzo Vinciguerre, 47 years old, from Switzerland.

Horn and Vinciguerre were on the second week in the county’s southernmost archipelago on a birdwatching trip, accompanied by a reported tour guide from Davao City identified as Ivan Sadinas, 35 years old.  It was not clear as of this posting whether Sadinas was dragged along by the perpetrators.

Witnesses, including Sadinas said that the men were armed with 2 armalites and 2 .45 cal. revolvers, and boarded a puppet type of banca (canoe) at Luuk-luuk in Parangan community.

ARMM police said that as of this posting the embassies of Holland and Switzerland in the Philippines have not yet been formally informed about the incident.

Governor Sadikul Sahali meanwhile has already expressed his disappointment that this incident has happened at a time when the province is struggling to uplift its economy through tourism.  Tawi-Tawi is known for its picturesque coastal sights and natural resources, being closest to the Tubbataha Reef.  Its marine waters serve as home to few of the world’s endangered species.  Underneath Tawitawi is a vast area where oil has been earlier discovered by energy investors.(FLC/The PhilSouth Angle)

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