GOVERNMENT security forces rescued on Thursday, January 19, two Filipino hostages from the hands of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in the province of Sulu.
The military’s Joint Task Force Sulu (JTFS) identified the rescued hostages as Dolcesimo Almires and Estaban Janamjam.
The task force said that the two kidnap victims were rescued around 9:15 a.m. Thursday in the village of Tagbak, Indanan, Sulu.
The JTFS said the kidnap victims were rescued while they were being transported by two Abu Sayyaf bandits to the municipality of Parang.
The rescued hostages were immediately taken to the headquarters of the JTFS in the village of Bus-bus, Jolo for medical check-up and debriefing.
They told the JTFS that they were kidnapped on October 25, 2016 in the seawaters of Pangutaran, an island municipality of Sulu.
They said they were kept captives by the group of Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Jaber Susukan in the village of Lumapid, Talipao municipality.
The JTFS said Almires and Janamjam will be brought to the headquarters of the Western Mindanao Command for proper disposition.
The rescue of the two brought the number of hostages that are still in Abu Sayyaf captivity to 23. They included the following: a Dutch, a German, four Indonesians, five Malaysians, six Vietnamese, and six Filipinos.
Government troops are continuously pursuing the Abu Sayyaf bandits in a bid to rescue the remaining hostages. (With PNA/SunStar Philippines)