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LAMITAN CITY, Philippines— A Vietnamese Kidnap Victim was rescued by the forces of Philippines Navy Monday morning, August 20 in Mataja Island, Basilan.
Vietnamese sailor Do Trung Huige, 33, a crew member of MV Royal 16 is now undergoing medical examination and will soon be turned over to the Vietnam Embassy.
Huige was abducted along with his four companions by Abu Sayyaf bandits on November 11, 2016 in the waters of Coco Island in the province of Basilan.
Two of his mates were beheaded. Two are still in the hands of the bandits.
Sources inside Western Mindanao Naval command said Abu Sayyaf bandits abandoned Huige when they learned that the operatives approaching their location.
The military estimates that there are 19 Filipino and foreign hostages in the hands of the Abu Sayyaf.
The Western Mindanao Naval Command in a statement said the rescue of Huige is a result of an intensified military offensive by the joint Task Force Balisan prompted the ASG to free their captive.-Richard G. Falcatan/Newsline.ph