Abu Sayyaf frees 2 social workers in Sulu

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: The suspected Abu Sayyaf brigands have released over the weekend two of the four government workers they have abducted in the province of Sulu, a police official disclosed.

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Sulu police director Senior Supt. Abraham Orbita said the victims, Agustino Sicangco and his wife, Nurhati, were freed Saturday afternoon in Patikul town.

The Sicangco couple was among the four (not three as earlier reported) Department of Social Welfare and Development-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DSWD-ARMM) staffs abducted by the Abu Sayyaf.

The victims were conducting survey for the DSWD’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) when the brigands abducted them last Thursday in Barangay Upper Sinumaan, Talipao.

One of the four, Lerma Jurah, was freed Friday in Barangay Danag, Patikul.

Orbita said the Sicangco couple, upon their release, was brought by their relatives to the residence of Patikul Vice-Mayor Jun Tarsum in Barangay Umangay.

Orbita and his personnel brought them to the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) for medical checkup.

The other co-worker of the victims identified as Robert Saputalo remains in captivity.

PNA

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