Thursday, September 20, 2018
Close  
  • share this

3 Vietnamese fishermen rescued from Abu Sayyaf

/ 07:13 AM November 12, 2017

DA NANG, Vietnam — Philippine troops on Friday rescued three Vietnamese fishermen kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf bandits in Sulu, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said on Saturday.

Roque said security forces also recovered the body of the fourth Vietnamese kidnapping victim, who was already dead when he was found. Roque did not say if the casualty was killed during the rescue operation or if he had died of natural causes.

ADVERTISEMENT

“(We) recovered four kidnap victims. Three were recovered alive while the fourth one was already lifeless. I can confirm that the fishermen are currently in the custody of the Philippine Navy,” Roque told a press conference.

“They’re being debriefed and will soon be seen by Vietnamese authorities,” he added.

FEATURED STORIES

The “recovery” of the kidnap victims happened while President Duterte was attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Summit here.

Roque said the President was not able to attend the gala dinner of Apec leaders on Friday night, in part, because he was supervising the recovery operations from here.

“He is (also) supervising and coordinating (the) safe recovery of Vietnamese captives of the Abu Sayyaf Group,” he said.

Roque denied that the government had paid any ransom to the bandits in exchange for the freedom of the three Vietnamese hostages.

“We have a policy against the payment of any sort of ransom,” he said.

Roque added that he was not aware that President Duterte had personally relayed the news of the rescue to his host, Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang.

ADVERTISEMENT
Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: abu sayyaf, kidnapped Vietnamese fishermen
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2018 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.