ZAMBOANGA CITY – Suspected Abu Sayyaf militants have freed two mining workers in Sulu after almost a year in captivity, reports said.
Marcial Espana and Eddie Reubal, who were freed in the town of Patikul, arrived on a ferry in Zamboanga City over the weekend. The two, who work for the SR Languyan Mining Corporation, were seized in May last year in Tawi-Tawi and brought to Sulu.
Espana and Reubal were on a boat when gunmen on another vessel seized them along with Mar Hadjula, who was later freed.
It was not immediately known if ransom was paid for the two workers. Security officials and mining executives have not issued a statement about their release.
Local environmentalists oppose the nickel ore mining project of SR in Languyan town. Most of the nickel ore are shipped to China.
The Abu Sayyaf still holds several hostages, among them at least three foreigners.