The Sulu Philippine National Police announces and confirmed that 3 Indonesian captives have been released by Abu Sayaff Group early Sunday in separate locations at Luuk municipality in Sulu province. This comes in timely a day after the Abu Sayaff Group has released the Norwegian hostage, Kjartan Sekkingstad.
The three Indonesians together with Sekkingstad has been turned over by Moro National Liberal Front (MNLF) leader Nur Misuari to Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza and former Sulu Vice Governor Abdusakur Tan in Indanan, Sulu.
The three Indonesian were identified as Lorence Koten, Emanuel Arakian and Theo Doros Kofong. Amidst the report that the victims have been released after paying PHP 20 million in ransom, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Spokesperson Brig, Gen.
Restituto Padilla insisted that they are unaware if any ranson has been paid in exchange for the release of three Indonesian captives in Sulu. In a statement, the Western Mindanao Command said Sekkingstad and DurEZA LEFT Sulu province at 2.40PM Sunday for Davao while three Indonesians were bound for Zamboanga City.
“What we do know is that we have been concentrating on the launch of all our operations and all our activities on the ground have been indicative of the increasing pressure felt by these groups,” Padilla said. He also added that, “Gen. Visaya has already informed them that they should give up all the hostages or face the full consequence of military power.”
The Indonesian kidnap victims were said to arrive at the Western Mindanao Command around 4:45pm yesterday and the victims were they were met by the Indonesian Embassy officials ked by the Indonesian Defense Minister Riyamizard Ryacudu.
In a statement, the Indonesian Defense Minister expresses his gratitude to President Rodrigo Duterte and the Armed Forces of the Philippines. He also mentioned the participation of Moro National Liberal Front for the release of the three Indonesian captives.