- Another Indonesian captive escaped from his Abu Sayyaf captors
- The Indonesian was found by soldiers in Barangay Bual, Luuk, Sulu where the first Indonesian who escaped earlier was also found
- Government troops in Sulu were ordered to locate the remaining hostages and rescue them
Another Indonesian hostage who managed to escape the Abu Sayyaf early Wednesday, August 17, was found by government troopers in Sulu.
The Indonesian, who identified himself as Ismail and the chief officer of tugboat Charles seized by the bandits last June, was found by soldiers in Barangay Bual, Luuk, Sulu at around 4:30 p.m.
Earlier, Mohammad Sofyan, Ismail’s fellow tugboat crewman who escaped with him, was found by residents entangled in fishnets in a mangrove swamp in the same village. Sofyan said he escaped after their abductors threatened to behead him. The resident turned him over to local officials.
As mentioned in an ABS-CBN article dated August 18, 2016, Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Western Mindanao Command spokesman Major Filemon Tan said Ismail was brought to a hospital for a medical check-up. He will be turned over to proper authorities for processing and documentation before sending him back to his family in Indonesia.
“Ismail is now in the custody of the Joint Task Force Sulu for medical check-up and will be turned over to Indonesian authorities as soon as possible,” Tan said in a statement.
The 7 crewmen of the M/T Charles were abducted by the Abu Sayyaf on June 23 as the boat was passing through waters off Sulu.
Major Tan said they have no information on the whereabouts of the remaining hostages, but troops in the area were ordered to locate and rescue them.