MANILA (dpa) – A South Korean mining executive was abducted by unidentified kidnappers in the southern Philippines, police said Thursday.
The abduction occurred on Monday just outside Marawi City in Lanao del Sur province, 820 kilometres south of Manila, said Senior Inspector John Condo, the town’s police chief.
Song Ki Eon was travelling to Marawi City with a police escort to meet prospective business partners about a mining exploration project.
But before reaching Marawi, Song met a group of men in the village of Mipaga in Saguiaran and was forced to transfer to their vehicle, Condo said. Song’s police escort was handcuffed and left in their original vehicle.
Condo said police have launched a search-and-rescue operation for the victim.
In October 2011, three South Korean mining executives were abducted in Lanao del Sur. They were freed after a ransom was paid.
In March 2008, a South Korean businessman and his Philippine companion were also kidnapped but released in exchange for another ransom.