Filipina kidnap victim released in Sulu

Bea Cupin
Filipina kidnap victim released in Sulu
According to intelligence reports reaching Rappler, Marites Flor is released in front of the house of Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan II in Jolo, Sulu, at around 4:30 am on Friday

MANILA, Philippines – Marites Flor, the Filipino kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf with 3 others in Davao del Norte in September 2015, was released on Friday, June 24.

According to intelligence reports reaching Rappler, Flor was released in front of the house of Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan II in Jolo, Sulu, at around 4:30 am on Friday.

Flor was the lone Philippine citizen abducted from Samal Island in Davao del Norte province back in 2015. Also kidnapped were two Canadians and a Norwegian. 

 

 

 

One of the Canadians, Robert Hall, was Flor’s boyfriend. He was beheaded by the Abu Sayyaf on June 13. 

 

 

 

John Ridsdel, a Canadian, suffered the same fate in April. In both cases, they were killed after a ransom deadline passed.

 

The Norwegian hostage, Kjartan Sekkingstad, remains in captivity.

Security officials have yet to identify the captors who released Flor or the vehicle they used.

 

Flor’s release comes a week after outgoing  President Benigno Aquino III personally went to Sulu after the ASG beheaded Hall. He had said that Philippine authorities have refined their operations in the hope of rescuing the remaining hostages.

President-elect Rodrigo Duterte had also warned that the group will soon have to face the consequences of their actions. – Rappler.com

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Bea Cupin

Bea is a senior multimedia reporter who covers national politics. She's been a journalist since 2011 and has written about Congress, the national police, and the Liberal Party for Rappler.