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PIA Press Release
2009/10/13

Zambo Sur creates "Task Force Sinnott"

Zamboanga City (13 October) -- Provincial Governor Aurora Enerio Cerilles convened the Provincial Peace and Order Council of the Province of Zamboanga del Sur to create the Crisis Management Committee in response to the abduction of Columban Priest Rev. Fr. Michael "Mick" Sinnott.

DILG Provincial Director Abcede Asjali said the Crisis Management Committee is chaired by Gov. Aurora Enerio Cerilles with the following as members: Board Member Ernesto Mondarte, MGen Romeo Lustestica, 1st Infantry Division Commander, PNP Provincial Director P/SSupt. Ramon Ochotorena, and Lt. Col. Erwin Alea, Commanding Officer of the 53rd Infantry Battalion, Mr. Vic Lingating, representing the Pagadian City Mayor’s Office, while Provincial Information Officer Allan June Molde was appointed spokesperson.

Other members come from non-government organizations, among them Pagadian City Bishop Emmanuel Cabajar, and the Department of Justice (DOJ) represented by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) thru Pagadian City Chief Eric Distor.

DILG was designated as the Secretariat of the Crisis Management Committee with the Provincial Police Office as the Command Post.

Task Force Sinnott

The Crisis Management Committee has organized "Task Force Sinnott" for the operation and investigation aspect of the abduction incident. The task force is headed by PNP Provincial Director Ramon Ochotorena, with Lt. Col. Erwin Alea, 53rd Infantry Battalion Cmdr designated as the deputy. The NBI, DOJ, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), and other law enforcement agencies also comprise the team.

The said task force is provided with logistics and administrative support. It will provide a periodic assessment and update of the situation, Asjali further stated.

The victim, Fr. Mick, an Irish Priest who founded the Hangop Kabataan (a school for special children), was kidnapped by six unidentified armed men at the Columban House, Gatas District, Pagadian City last October 11, 2009, at around 7:20 pm. Sinnot, 79, was reported to have a heart condition and was not able to take his medication when he was abducted. (PGO-PPB/PIA) [top]

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