Abu Sayyaf releases Filipina hostage
Filipina hostage Marites Flor, girlfriend of slain Canadian hostage Robert Hall, has been freed by the Abu Sayyaf bandits. It was confirmed on Friday morning by incoming Presidential peace adviser Secretary Jesus Dureza.
Senior Superintendent Wilfredo Cayat, Sulu police provincial director said that Flor has been released Thursday evening but turned over to Sulu Gov. Abdusakur Tan II early Friday morning.
Hall was beheaded last week after the government didn't paid P300,000 ransom in their deadline.
According to Western Mindanao Command spokesperson Maj. Filemon Tan, Flor was in the costudy of Joint Task Force Sulu for medical checkup. The other hostage, Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad has no information yet.
Flor was kidnapped with Hall, Ridsdel, and Sekkinstad from a marina on the Island Garden City of Samal in Davao del Norte in September last year.
Dureza said he's bringing Flor to President-elect Duterte in Davao.
“I received words that Flor had been released and the plan is to bring her to Davao, to incoming President (Rodrigo) Duterte. I am on my way to Jolo to pick up the released hostage, I’ll bring her to Davao to present her to Duterte,”Dureza said.
“I came from Oslo and then I got word that our efforts to recover her from (the Abu Sayyaf).. yielded good results and I am here to pick her up,” he added.
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