Abu Sayyaf releases Chinese hostage
MANILA, Philippines – The Abu Sayyaf released another hostage, Chinese trader Li Pei Zhei, who was turned over to the police in Zamboanga Sibugay at 3:30 am on Wednesday, November 5, according to the military.
"He was released by his abductors and was turned over to PO1 Jimnazur Laja of Alicia, Zambo Sibugay at 3:30 am today," said Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) spokesperson Captain Rowena Muyuela.
The Chinese national was kidnapped in the same province on September 11, and was later brought to Basilan province. The abduction was not immediately blamed on the Abu Sayyaf.
"He was reportedly brought by his abductors from Basilan Province where they departed at around 5 pm and arrived in Alicia town at 11 pm," said Muyuela.
The release was made in the wake of calls from Basilan mayors to step up military offensive against the bandit group, which killed 6 soldiers over the weekend. (READ: Basilan's hero: Fresh PMA grad dies in Abu Sayyaf hands)