Kidnap victim escaped from ASG lair in Basilan

MANILA, Philippines – A teenager abducted by Abu Sayyaf (ASG) bandits several months ago was able to escape from his captors on late Saturday evening in a remote village in Basilan, military reports said Sunday.

Colonel Ramon Yogyog, commander of Special Operations Task Force (SOTF) Basilan in a report sent to Camp Aguinaldo, the military headquarters in Manila, identified the escaped ASG kidnap victim as Rommick Jakaria.

The military official said that the kidnap victim was able to escape from his captors at around 10pm Saturday in Sumisip town in Basilan, where government troops continues to press on with their manhunt operations against ASG elements.

The kidnap victim, after escaping surrendered himself to a nearby detachment of army special forces in the area where he was immediately assisted and are now undergoing normal debriefing, the military official saod.

Jackaria, along with Filipino-American relatives, Gearfa Yeatts Lunsmann and her son Kevin Eric, where abducted by armed gunmen last July 12 while on vacation at their resort in Tictabon Island off Zamboanga peninsula.

Gearfa was freed a month ago by the kidnappers early last month, but her son still remains in the custody of the Abu Sayyaf, blamed on deadly attacks against government security forces last October 18.

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