Vietnamese sailor rescued in Basilan PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 17 June 2017 13:37

By LIZA JOCSON

After seven months in captivity, a Vietnamese sailor was rescued yesterday from the hands of his Abu Sayyaf captors in Basilan.

Joint Task Force Basilan Commander Col. Juvymax Uy identified the kidnap victim as Hoang Vo, a crew member of the MV Royal 16.

Uy said that Vo was recovered by troops of Joint Task Force Basilan at the Sumisip- Ungkaya Pukan Complex at around 8:30 Friday morning.

The rescue followed airstrikes conducted by Basilan military authorities in the area since Thursday night.

Vo reportedly escaped from his Abu Sayyaf captors after the latter dispersed due to airstrikes and artillery fire.

Vo, who was recovered with a wound on his back, is 28 years old and a resident of Nghe-An Vietnam.

He is now in stable condition after undergoing medical treatment at JTF Basilan Headquarters.

“We continually put pressure to these remaining bandits in order to force them to surrender or release their victims,” Uy said in a statement.

The victim, together with five other members of the MV Royal 16, was abducted by the Abu Sayyaf on the south eastern portion of Sibago Island in Basilan last November.  (Liza Jocson)