MANILA, Philippines – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Monday confirmed that British national Alan Hyrons and his Filipino wife, Wilma, have been rescued from their abductors in Parang, Sulu.
AFP Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) spokesperson Major Arvin John Encinas said the couple were rescued from the hands of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) at past 8 a.m. Monday after a series of armed encounter with the military.
The AFP said the couple was freed from captivity after their abductors were forced to give them up and withdraw from their location due to military focus operations.
The military earlier said that around five members of the ASG were killed in two separate clashes in Sulu over the weekend. Among those killed was Sibih Pisih, an alleged ASG subgroup leader under Radullan Sahiron who had a pending warrant of arrest for the massacre of 22 civilian in Talipao, Sulu in 2014.
“Doon sa tuloy-tuloy na mga operations na talagang nagpursuit po tayo at kanina nga ay narescue po natin ang mag-asawang ito,” Encinas said.
He added that no ransom was paid for the freedom of the Hyrons couple who was taken from a resort in Tukuran in Zamboanga del Sur on Oct. 4.
“Walang ransom involved considering naka-stay po tayo sa ating policy na no ransom policy at the same narescue po ng ating mga kasundaluhan,” he said.
The rescued couple will undergo debriefing and interview before they will be released from the military custody. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Dante Amento)