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SULU, Philippines – Authorities rescued a mother and daughter from the hands of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in Talipao, Sulu Wednesday afternoon, June 20.
Addang Tulawie and her daughter Edelyn were kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf bandits at around 2:00 p.m. on the same day. It was identified that the abductors were members of an ASG sub unit led by Hatib Hajan Sawajaan.
Together with members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and barangay peacekeeping teams, the AFP Joint Task Force Sulu was able to rescue the victims.
Addang is a sister of former Talipao Mayor TambrinTulawie while Edelyn is a half-sister of incumbent Talipao Mayor Nebukadnerzar Tulawie.
The victims were sent to Kuta Heneral Teodolfo Bautista Hospital for medical check-up and trauma debriefing.
Joint Task Force Sulu thanked the cooperation of the community and the local government unit for the quick rescue of the victims.
Meanwhile, West Mindanao Commander Lt. Gen. Arnel Dela Vega said they will not stop until the remaining 11 hostages of the Abu Sayyaf Group are rescued.
“We will run after them! We are confident that with the local chief executives’ and the peoples’ support in the municipalities of Sulu, we will finally rid the province of the ASG that has been spreading turmoil in the area,” Dela Vega said in a statement. – UNTV News & Rescue