KIDNAPPERS only fed him once a day but the threats to kill him abound. To Nuraldin Yusoph, being told of his last seconds on earth was his breakfast, lunch, and supper.

The young Yusoph was thankful to have endured the 29 days he was in the hands of his captors.

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Still, he could not forget the harrowing experience.

“My abductors frequently threatened to kill me every time we transferred location,” he said in Filipino.

“I only ate once a day so I felt so weak every time we move from one place to another,” he added.

“Hindi ko alam ang dahilan kung bakit nila ako kinidnap at kung ano ang motive nila,” said an emotional Yusoph.

Yusoph and the Crisis Management Committee formed to negotiate his release faced the media at the Koresco Hotel in Cagayan de Oro Tuesday, a day after he was freed in Barangay Carmen.

Nuraldin was flown to Manila Tuesday afternoon to reunite with his family.

Lanao del Sur Governor Mamintal Adiong, chair of the Crisis Management Committee, reiterated that no ransom was paid to secure Yusoph’s release.

He also assured that an investigation will be conducted to identify the kidnappers.

“May batas tayo. Magbigay lang kayo ng oras sa ating kinauukulan para maparusa-han kung sino man ang may kagagawan sa pangyayaring ito,” Adiong told reporters.

Yusoph is the son of Commission on Elections Commissioner Elias Yusoph. (ALR)