Three foreign nationals and one Filipina were kidnapped in the peaceful city of Island Garden City of Samal (IGACOS) Philippines. According to the Police Station Commander report Sept. 22, 2015, around 11:41 pm of Sept. 21, 2015, the officer in charge of Holiday Oceanview Resort located at Brgy. Camudmud, Babak District of IGACOS came to the station to report that around 11:30pm, one of their guests in the resort was forcibly abducted by undetermined men. Upon receipt of the report, the station Commander Police Senior Inspector Lito Ronding Impas went to the mentioned place to verify.
It was reported that on the same night more or less 11 armed men in civilian attire with backpack and bandolier armed with two(2) long firearms and short firearms, onboard two motorized banca (Wooden Boat) docked at the said resort and kidnapped the following foreigners namely: KJARTAN SEKKINSTAD, 56 years old of Norwegian National and Operation Manager of the said resort, JOHN RIDSDEL, 68 years old, Canadian National, ROBERT HALL, 50 years old, Canadian National and a Filipina named Tess, 40 years old.
The armed men left the place with the victim on their motorized banca heading towards undetermined direction. At first, some armed men barged into the yacht of the spouses STEVEN and KAZUKA TRIPP trying to abduct them but they fought back and managed to escape. This two were rushed to the nearby hospital for medical treatment after suffering head injuries.
At the moment PNP Maritime Group, Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine Navy and Task Samal were acting follow up operations for this incident.
The present mayor, Hon. Aniano Paraiso Antalan of IGACOS is requesting all beach owners to strengthen security forces, to install HD CCTV, and train better their security guards and to intensify security forces in the island.