By Yas Ocampo
A South Korean national and a Filipino crewmember who have been held by armed groups since October 2016 have been released to the government Saturday, January 14 through peace process secretary Jesus Dureza.
Dureza flew to Davao City from Sulu on Saturday morning and revealed to media the release of Park Chul Hong, captain of South Korean vessel M/V Dong Bang Giant, and his crew Glenn Alindajao from Cebu.
The two sailors were held by at least 10 armed men, allegedly Abu Sayyaf members, off Bongao, Tawi-Tawi last October.
Dureza, speaking to reporters at the office of the Mindanao Development Authority at the old Davao airport area, said that details are sketchy at the moment since the captives themselves did not know details such as locations and dates during their captivity for almost three months.
He added that the South Korean Embassy will debrief both Park and Alindajao.
Preparations are being made to address the immediate needs of the released captives.
Dureza said there are no plans of presenting the captives to President Rodrigo Duterte, who is in the city to officially launch the Philippines’ hosting of ASEAN 2017 on Sunday at the SMX Convention Center.
The captives were turned over to Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan II, who turned over the captives to Dureza.
The OPAPP secretary said that the plans for the release began as early as December.
Dureza said he had no personal knowledge if a ransom was paid.
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