- Two Indonesian hostages were set free by the Abu Sayyaf Group
- Unnamed emissaries escorted the freed hostages to the residence of former Gov. Abdusakur Tan, Sr.
- The Indonesians were immediately brought to a hospital for medical checkup
More than after a year they were abducted by members of the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group, two of the five remaining Indonesian captives were set free by their abductors.
As per a Sun Star story, the two Indonesians were both skippers of Malaysian-registered fishing boats. They were identified as La Utu Bin La Raali and La Hadi La Ed.
The two were escorted by unnamed “emissaries” to the house of former Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan Sr. at Barangay Asturias, Jolo on Friday night, January 17.
The former governor immediately informed Joint Task Force Sulu about the release of the two Indonesians. Brigadier General Cirilito Sobejana, Joint Task Force Sulu commander, after being informed of the captives’ release, immediately proceeded to Tan’s residence and fetched the Indonesians.
The freed hostages were brought to the station hospital of the Armed Forces of the Philippines inside Camp Teodulfo Bautista at Barangay Busbus for medical check-up.
The release of the two hostages brought down the number of Abu Sayyaf’s foreign captives to five – three Indonesians, a Dutch and a Vietnamese.