Camp Bautista, Sulu, Sep 22, 2016-Another Indonesian kidnap victim was released in Sulu Thursday morning as troops continue intensified rescue efforts.
The released hostage identified thru his passport is 30 year-old Herman Bin Manggak. He is the sixth Indonesian freed from ASG captivity since President Duterte assumed office and ordered an intensified rescue effort.
Herman was officially turned over to military custody at 12nn by Sulu LGU and immediately taken to Camp Bautista hospital in Jolo for check-up and processing. Talking to interpreters, he asked for food and relayed how government troops nearly rescued him three times as they engaged the ASG in fierce gunbattles.
“The release of the victim is the result of relentless focused military operations combined with efforts of different sectors particularly LGU of Sulu and other stakeholders” Brig.Gen.Arnel Dela Vega, commander of Joint Taskforce Sulu said.
Several kidnap victims were successively rescued or released after the intensified rescue efforts and arrival of more troops in Sulu.
It may be recalled that Martina Yee who was kidnapped by armed men in Sirawai was rescued yesterday in Indanan Sulu by elements of 35th Infantry Battalion, only two days after her captivity; the fastest and successful rescue operation conducted on a kidnap victim by armed men before she can be further turned over to the ASG.
The swift rescue of Yee was attributed by authorities to a well-coordinated effort by AFP and PNP with the help of civilian populace from Sirawai to Sibuco and Zamboanga City to Sulu who informed and alerted troops on the presence of armed men.
Gen.Ricardo Visaya, the AFP Chief, commended troops for the success.
“Let me commend all the troops for a well-coordinated and incessant two-day rescue operation that led to the successful rescue of Martina Lyn Yee who was kidnapped in Sirawai, Zamboanga del Norte on 19 Sep 2016.
As your Chief of Staff, I am truly proud of this accomplishment, noting that this is the first time first time that we were able to intercept an eventual turn-over of a kidnap victim to the ASG due to our prompt action with the support from the PNP and local residents.
Your dedication in this accomplishment will be in the annals of the AFP’s history. Congratulations and keep up the good work!” Gen.Visaya said.
POC:Col Rodrigo Gregorio / 09175595622 / Released by: Information Support Tm, JTF Sulu