By Francis Wakefield
The two Indonesian hostages freed by Abu Sayyaf on Monday have been turned over to the Indonesian Embassy on Tuesday, December 13, CNN Philippines reported.
Mohammad Nazer, 62, and Robin Peter, 32—the last two remaining kidnap victims from the original seven crew men of T/B Charles 00, taken almost six months ago off Simisa, Sulu—were flown to Zamboanga City after undergoing medical checkup at Kuta Heneral Teodulfo Bautista (KHTB) trauma hospital.
They were released by their ASG captors to Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Commander Tahir Sali in Indanan, Sulu, said Westmincom spokesman and Army Maj. Filemon Tan.
Tan said the Abu Sayyaf reportedly freed their victims after being pressured by non-stop operations of Joint Task Force Sulu and pressure from the MNLF.
The two were initially turned over by the MNLF to Sulu Vice Governor and acting Governor Nurunnisa Tan at about 11:30 a.m., and then to Col. Jesus A. Mananquil Jr., the commander of JTF Sulu at Camp Bautista in Bus-Bus, Jolo.
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This leaves to 23 the number of hostages still in the hands of the Abu Sayyaf.
Five of the hostages are Filipinos, while 18 are foreigners:
- 6 Vietnamese
- 5 Malaysians
- 4 Indonesians
- 1 Dutch
- 1 German
- 1 Korean
Tan said the military continues to locate the whereabouts of the victims to safely rescue them.