Abu Sayyaf frees Sabah captives

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Malacañang welcomed the release  of a Filipino resort worker and a Chinese tourist abducted by the Abu Sayyaf Group in Sabah, Malaysia, two months ago.Marcelita Dayawan and Gao Hua Yuan were kidnapped in Sabah in April.

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Presidential Communications Operations Office secretary Her–minio Coloma Jr. stressed the importance of cooperation among neighboring countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines in resolving such cases.

Malaysia expressed its gratitude to the country’s security forces     for helping it solve the kid–napping incident.

The captives were freed on Friday in Sulu province. The victims were fetched by security forces and handed over to Malaysian officials who were in Jolo town. The freed victims were then whisked to a waiting speedboat that brought them to Sabah.

Malaysia Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said no ransom was paid for the release of the hostages, which was confirmed by Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz Jr. of Task Force Sulu.

The kidnappers have originally demanded RM36.4 million ransom or equivalent to almost P500 million for the safe release of the Chinese woman.

A Moro National Liberation Front, Nameh Sangkula, repor–tedly helped negotiate the release of the hostages.

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