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South Korean, Filipino hostages released

Captain and crew of hijacked South Korean vessel turned over to peace process secretary Jesus Dureza

Updated

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.

Presidential Peace Adviser on Peace Process Secretary Jesus Dureza escorts released kidnapped victims, South Korean Park Chul Hong, captain of a South Korean-flagged cargo ship, and fellow crew member Filipino hostage Glenn Alindajao from Cebu, upon their arrival in Davao City on Saturday noon after they were released from their captors earlier, January 14, 2017. (Keith Bacongco)
 | mb.com.ph

Presidential Peace Adviser on Peace Process Secretary Jesus Dureza escorts released kidnapped victims, South Korean Park Chul Hong, captain of a South Korean-flagged cargo ship, and fellow crew member Filipino hostage Glenn Alindajao from Cebu, upon their arrival in Davao City on Saturday noon after they were released from their captors earlier, January 14, 2017.
(Keith Bacongco)
 | mb.com.ph

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.

Peace process secretary Jesus Dureza speaks at a press conference together with the South Korean and Filipino hostages released and turned over to the secretary in Davao City on Saturday, January 14, 2017. OPAPP Facebook page | mb.com.ph

Peace process secretary Jesus Dureza speaks at a press conference together with the South Korean and Filipino hostages released and turned over to the secretary in Davao City on Saturday, January 14, 2017.
OPAPP Facebook page | mb.com.ph

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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