- Government forces rescued Vietnamese hostages from the Abu Sayyaf Group
- One of the hostages was found lifeless during the rescue operation
- The rescue operation was the reason why President Duterte did not attend the APEC Gala Dinner
Four Vietnamese hostages were recovered by government forces from the Abu Sayyaf in Tawi-Tawi on Friday night, November 10.
Unfortunately, one hostage was found lifeless during the rescue.
Joint Task Force Tawi-Tawi commander Brig. Gen. Custodio Parcon Jr. said joint forces from the marines and navy conducted the rescue operation following reports on the whereabouts of the Abu Sayyaf and their hostages.
As per the Manila Times, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque announced the rescue on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Vietnam.
“I confirm that Philippine authorities recovered four kidnapped Vietnamese. Three of them are alive, but unfortunately, the fourth one was lifeless when he was found,” Roque said.
“The Philippine government has expressed its condolences and sympathies to the family of the fourth Vietnamese fisherman who has been found dead,” Roque said.
Roque said the rescue operation was the reason why President Rodrigo Duterte skipped the APEC Gala Dinner on Friday night.
“The President was supervising the recovery efforts for the fishermen,” he said.
The rescued hostages were identified as Buy Xuan Vien, Bui Trung Duc and Nguten Quang Huy, while the fourth victim, who died before the rescue, was identified as Nguyin Huu Trong.