Malaki ang pasasalamat ng gobyerno ng Indonesia sa Pilipinas sa naganap na turnover ceremony ng apat na kidnapped Indonesian nationals nitong Marso 23 sa AFP General Headquarters matapos ang kanilang matagumpay na rescue mula sa mga kamay ng Abu Sayyaf sa Tawi-Tawi noong nakaraang linggo.
Pinangunahan ni AFP Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Cirilito Sobejana ang nasabing seremonya, kasama si Police Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar, Officer-in-Charge ng PNP.
Nailigtas ang Indonesian nationals na sina Riswanto Bin Hayono, Arical Kastamiran, at Arsyad Bin Dahalan noong gabi ng Marso 18 sa South Ubian, Tawi-Tawi ng Tandubas Police. Samantala, naligtas naman ang 15 taong si Khairuldin Bin Yai Kii ng JTF Tawi-Tawi noong Marso 21 sa Kalupag Island, Languyan.
Naging bilanggo diumano ng Abu Sayyaf ang apat sa loob ng mahigit isang taon.
Nilipad ang apat ng Philippine Air Force C-130 aircraft mula Edwin Andrews Air Base sa Zamboanga City papuntang Maynila noong Marso 21.
Sa orihinal na limang Indonesian nationals na dinukot ng Abu Sayyaf terrorists sa katubigan ng Tambisan, Malaysia noong Enero 17, 2020, isang Daeng Akbal Labaa na ang namatay dahil diumano sa heart attack. Nakuha ang kanyang bangkay sa clearing operation noong Setyembre 28, 2020.
Dinala diumano ang mga biktima sa Patikul, Sulu ng grupo ng mga teroristang pinangunahan ng Abu Sayyaf sub-leaders na sina Ben Wagas, Apo Mike, at Injam Yada bago ang rescue operation.
Tinanggap ni Charge d’affaires Widya Rahmant ang apat na kidnap victims. Kasama rin sina Indonesian Defense Attaché Colonel Reza Suud at Army Attaché Colonel Sigit Himawan sa naganap na turnover.
“On behalf of the Government of Indonesia, we are forever grateful for the support and immediate actions to save the victims,” pahayag ng Charge d’affaires.
“This noteworthy accomplishment was a concerted effort with our counterparts from the Philippine National Police and the Local Government Units in Sulu and Tawi-Tawi. It is a clear manifestation that through cooperation and vigilant support from various stakeholders — through a whole-of-nation approach — we can effectively fight and prevent the spread of terrorism,” sinabi naman ni AFP Chief of Staff Sobejana.
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