GOVERNMENT troops have rescued an Indonesian fisherman from Abu Sayyaf captivity in the hinterlands of Sulu, a top military official announced Thursday.
Lieutenant General Cirilito Sobejana, Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) chief, identified the rescued Indonesian fisherman as Muhammad Farhan, 27, the last captive of the Abu Sayyaf bandits.
Sobejana said Farhan was rescued around 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, January 15, in the village of Bato-Bato, Indanan, Sulu after some residents informed the troops of the whereabouts of the Indonesian.
He said Farhan was taken to Camp General Teodulfo Bautista Station Hospital and was later airlifted to Camp Navarro General Hospital for further medical attention and custodial debriefing.
“We are very pleased with this remarkable accomplishment of our Joint Task Force Sulu,” Sobejana said.
“Our ground troops have succeeded in rescuing all remaining captives of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG). This proves that our sustained rescue efforts and security operations to run down and degrade ASG have been very effective. Hence, this breakthrough will be sustained to thwart kidnappings, dismantle the terror group to bring about peace and sustainable development in Sulu,” he added.
Farhan was kidnapped along with his father, Maharudin Lunani, 48, and Samiun Maneu, 27, a crew, while they were fishing on September 23, 2019 in Tambisan waters, Lahad Datu, Malaysia.
Lunani and Maneu were rescued on December 22, 2019 in Panamao, Sulu. (SunStar Zamboanga)