Government forces in Tawi-Tawi rescued Vietnamese sailors kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf bandits

Three Vietnamese sailors were rescued and retrieved the remains of another who were kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf thieves.

The government forces conducted a special operation at around 7:45 in the morning on Friday near Kang Tipayan Island, Languyan, Tawi-Tawi, to rescue the Vietnamese.

Rear Admiral Rene Medina, Naval Forces Western Mindanao (NFWM) commander, identified the rescued sailors as; Buy Xuan Vien, Bui Trung Duc, and Nguten Quang Huy.

While, remains of Nguyin Huu Trong, who died in captivity were recovered as well.

The sailors were brought to Zamboanga City for proper medication and disposition.

Meanwhile, Brig. Gen. Custodio Parcon Jr. Joint Task Force commander said that they will intensify their offensives to make the bandits surrender.

“Through the operations conducted by our Marines and Navy, we successfully recovered the Vietnamese hostages off Tawi-Tawi. We will intensify our offensives to pressure the bandits to yield,” Parcon said.

Reports said that these Vietnamese sailors were among the crewmen of M/V Giang Hai 5 that Abu Sayyaf bandits hijacked last February 19 in Pangutaran, Sulu.

Lt.Gen.Carlito Galvez Jr., of Western Mindanao Command (Westmincon) chief, commended the men of NFWM as well as the Joint Task Force Tawi-Tawi for their successful rescue operation.

However, Galvez shared that there are still 16 hostages in the hands of Abu Sayaff bandits waiting to be rescued. Seven of the 16 are foreigners while nine are Filipinos.

 Source: PTV News

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