GOVERNMENT forces are still trying to confirm the reported abduction of two Malaysian nationals who were said to be brought somewhere in Tawi-Tawi in Mindanao.

Military and police units, however, still continue to scour all possible entry and exit points in their respective area of jurisdiction where the two could have been brought by the abductors.

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The victims, Chen Yui Chung, 48, and Lai Wong Chung, 46, were reportedly seized around 2 p.m. Monday in Sempornah, Sabah in Malaysia by gunmen suspected to be Abu Sayyaf bandits.

The elder Chung manages seaweed farm, while the younger Chung is the farm's supervisor.

The report further stated that the victims were brought to the town of Siasi after refueling in Tawi-Tawi. Brigadier General Rustico Guerrero, chief of the Sulu-based Joint Task Force Comet, said this is still unconfirmed.

“Information pa rin, walang confirmation,” Guerrero told reporters in a text message Wednesday.

There was also information that the victims were brought to the province of Tawi-Tawi but was disputed by another top military official here.

“Not true,” said Leiutenant General Benjamin Mohammad Dolorfino, Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) chief of the information.

Director Felizardo Serapio, Directorate for Integrated Police Operations (Dipo)-west chief, said they have yet to confirm the report and all other information coming in concerning the fate of the victims.

Serapio's command is the police counterpart to the military's Wesmincom, which is headed by Dolorfino.