FREED AT LAST. Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus G. Dureza (left) and Joint Task Force Sulu commander Brigadier General Cirilito (right) Sobejana speaks with kidnap victim Enrico Nee (center) who was released by his captors on May 21, 2018 in the municipality of Patikul, Sulu. (Photo courtesy of the Armed Forces of the Philippines)
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines — Just two days after the recovery of two kidnapped police officers, another victim was released to Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza on Monday, according to a statement by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
After three months in captivity, Enrico Nee, a district engineer of the Department of Public Works and Highway (DPWH) based in Jolo, is reunited with his family.
Police reports said Nee was forcibly taken by armed men while waiting for his ride early morning on February 14 near his house in Barangay Kasalamatan, Jolo.
Joint Task Force Sulu commander Brigadier General Cirilito Sobejana said the victim was left by his captors in the town of Patikul and was found by residents at around 8 a.m. on Monday, May 21.
He added that civilians promptly reported Nee’s presence to the district engineer of DPWH District 1 who immediately dispatched vehicles to pick him up.
Secretary Dureza credits the victim’s release to the collective efforts of government security forces, the local government unit of Sulu, private volunteers, and the anti-kidnapping groups of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).
“Upon the instructions of President Rodrigo Duterte, we are doing our best to free all kidnap victims in the island province,” he said.
According to the AFP, a number of captives, including foreigners, are still being held by the Abu Sayyaf Group.
Brigadier General Sobejana assured that relentless operations to free the victims are ongoing. — UNTV News & Rescue