Philippine Embassy Welcomes Safe Recovery of Malaysian Hostages, Reaffirms Philippine Government’s Resolve to Prevent Further Kidnappings

28 March 2017

The Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur welcomes the successful rescue of all Malaysian kidnap victims by Philippine security forces from the Abu Sayyaf Group in Sulu.

Three of them, namely Fandy Bakran, Mohd Jumadil Rahim and Mohd Ridzuan Ismail, were rescued on Monday, 27 March, three days after Abd Rahim Summas and Tayudin Anjut were recovered. All five are crew members of the ship Serundung 3.

The latest three were taken by elements of Joint Task Force Sulu to Camp Navarro General Hospital in Zamboanga for medical check-up, and then debriefed by security officials. They were flown to Manila, Tuesday, prior to their return to Kuala Lumpur.

There are no more Malaysians in the hands of the Abu Sayyaf Group. All have been recovered and accounted for.

In a statement issued by the Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 28 March, the Government of Malaysia “conveyed its gratitude to the Government of the Republic of the Philippines for their efforts in rescuing the kidnapped Malaysian victims.”

The Embassy reaffirms the Philippine Government’s resolve to prevent further kidnappings and piracy in the Sulu Seas and to hold the Abu Sayyaf group and their affiliates to account for their crimes.  END