GOVERNMENT forces rescued an Indonesian national who was abducted by suspected members of Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) during their intensified operation the other day in Maimbung, Sulu.
This was confirmed by AFP-Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) spokesman Colonel Gerry Besana.
Besana identified the victim as Juragan Kapal Samsul Saguni, who was held captive by the bandits for four months.
He was rescued Tuesday morning through the efforts of former Sulu Governor Abdul Sakur Tan and soldiers of the 41st Infantry Battalion, 5th Infantry Division and the 11th Infantry Division, Philippine Army.
The victim was brought to the residence of Tan in Poblacion, Maimbung, Sulu at around 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
It was learned that the victim and Usman Yunos were abducted by the bandits while onboard a Malaysian fishing vessel in the waters off Semporna , Sabah last September 11, 2018.
Yunos, 35, was rescued by troops of the Marine Battalion Landing Team 3, Philippine Marine Ready Force Sulu and the Sulu Provincial Police Office on December 6, 2018. Soldiers of the Joint Task Force Sulu facilitated the custodial debriefing of Saguni at the JTF Sulu headquarters in Barangay Bus-bus, Jolo, Sulu.
The victim underwent a medical check-up at Kuta Heneral Teodulfo Bautista Hospital in Barangay Bus-bus. According to Brigadier General Divino Rey Pabayo, Jr., the medical results showed that the victim is physically healthy.
Saguni was brought to the headquarters of the Western Mindanao Command yesterday for debriefing and further medical check-up.
General Pabayo, Jr. said the Abu Sayyaf holds five foreigners and three Filipinos in captivity in the hinterlands of Sulu.
Westmincom Commander Lt. Gen. Arnel Dela Vega assured the public that their forces will do their best to rescue the remaining kidnap victims.
“Our Joint Task Force Sulu is committed to rescue captives of the Abu Sayyaf and end the terrorist group’s kidnap and ransom ploys through the consistent conduct of counter operations against the militants and through the cooperation with the local government and the people of Sulu t,” Dela Vega said.