- Two kidnap victims were rescued from the Abu Sayyaf Group
- The mounting pressure from the pursuit operation by joint government forces forced the bandits to abandon the victims
- The victims were taken to a hospital for medical check-up and trauma debriefing
The ex-wife and daughter of Tambrin Tulawie, former mayor of Talipao, were rescued from their Abu Sayyaf abductors, authorities announced on Thursday, June 21.
The victims were snatched from their house at around 2 a.m. in Barangay Kandaga also on Wednesday while they were sleeping.
The information officer of the Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Lt. Col. Gerry Besana, identified the rescued victims as 57-year-old Addang Tulawie and 27-year-old Edelyn.
As per Philstar, Lt. Col. Besana said the victims were rescued at around 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 20, at the boundary of Barangays Sinumaan and Kagay in Talipao, Sulu.
Besana said mounting pressure from the continued pursuit operation conducted by the military with the help of local police and Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team forced the bandits to abandon their two captives.
“While scouring the area, the operating troops were able to rescue the two hostages in the forested area (of Sinumaan and Kagay),” Besana said.
The victims were immediately taken to the former mayor’s house before they were escorted to Camp General Teodulfo Bautista Hospital in Jolo, Sulu for medical check-up and trauma debriefing.
Brig. Gen. Divino Rey Pabayo, Joint Task Force Sulu commander, recognized the help of the Talipao community in the rescue of the victims.
“It is the peoples’ participation and their resolve against the kidnappers that forced the bandits to abandon the victims in the area where they kept them for several hours. It also signals that the people no longer tolerate the banditry perpetrated by the ASG (Abu Sayyaf Group) in their community,” Pabayo said.