The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has confirmed the release of the remaining four Indonesian sailors hostages held by the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) on Wednesday afternoon.
The four sailors were abducted on April 15.
“We thank the Indonesian government, particularly Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, for the very close coordination since this morning. We thank the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Indonesia for their coordination,” the DFA said in a statement.
It added that the seamless coordination was achieved through the trilateral meeting in Yogyakarta, Indonesia of the Foreign Ministers of Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines, as well as the Armed Forces of the three countries.
On May 1, the Islamic extremist organization freed 10 Indonesian sailors after 37 days of captivity. They were abducted on March 26
The ASG is still holding a Canadian, a Norwegian, a Dutch, a Chinese, four Malaysians and seven Filipinos.