(From The Philippine Inquirer)
The Abu Sayyaf group freed 10 Indonesian sailors on Sunday after holding them captive for 37 days in the jungle of Sulu, a police official said.
The source told The STAR that a ransom was allegedly paid to free the hostages, who had been taken at gunpoint from a tugboat sailing from Malaysia.
The military, whom President Benigno Aquino III has directed to launch and all-out offensive against the bandit group, refused to provide information on the release.
Jolo Police chief Police Superintendent Junpikar Sitin said the victims were escorted by emissaries to the house of Sulu Gov. Totoh Tan in Barangay Asturias, Jolo town around noon.
A civilian source said the delivery of the released captives was made amid a downpour. Read More