ZAMBOANGA CITY -- Military officials on Monday announced that the three remaining Malaysian hostages were rescued as the troops relentlessly pursue the Abu Sayyaf bandits in the province of Sulu.
Major General Carlito Galvez, Jr., Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) chief, said they were rescued around 11:30 p.m., Sunday, in Barangay Poblacion Punay, Panglima Estino, Sulu.
Rescued were Mohammad Jumadil Rahim, Mohammad Ridzuan Bin Ismail, and Fandy Bin Bakran. All are crew of Tugboat Serudong.
“Unrelenting massive search and rescue operations by sea, air, and land units of the Task Force Sulu led to the rescue of three kidnapped Malaysian boat crew,” Colonel Cirilito Sobejana, Jr., Joint Task Force Sulu commander, said.
So far, all the Malaysian kidnapped victims have been rescued as their two companions, Tayudin Anjut and Abdurrahim Bin Sumas, were rescued on Thursday, March 23, in between the towns of Kalinggalan Caluang and Pata, Sulu.
They were seized aboard the Tugboat Serudong that was hijacked by the Abu Sayyaf bandits on July 19, 2016 between the waters of Malaysia and Tawi-Tawi, the southernmost province of the Philippines.
Sobejana said the vital information provided them by Anjut and Sumas led to the successful rescue of the three remaining Malaysian hostages. (SunStar Philippines)