MANILA - A Filipina worker in Malaysia who was kidnapped and later freed by armed gunmen from Mindanao is now under the care of the Philippine embassy in Kuala Lumpur.
The embassy, in a statement Monday, said Marcy Dayawan, a Filipina receptionist at the Singamata Resorts off Semporna in Sabah, is expected to return to the Philippines shortly.
She was abducted with Chinese tourist Gao Hua Yun on April 2. Dayawan was turned over to embassy officials on June 1.
Malaysian police told embassy officials that they did not consider her as an accomplice in the kidnapping plot and had cleared her of speculations.
Dayawan said she was given the choice to remain in the Philippines after her rescue, but she decided to return to Malaysia partly to clear her name.
"We are elated that Ms. Dayawan and Ms. Gao are now safe and are about to be reunited with their families. In this vein, we are grateful for the efforts undertaken by Philippine and Malaysian authorities in securing their release," the embassy said.
The embassy also expressed deep concern over the spate of abductions in Sabah allegedly perpetrated by criminal groups in Mindanao.
"We wish that these groups desist from conducting such criminal activities, as many of the affected people in Mindanao and Sabah share a common heritage and have close affinity and blood ties. Carrying out or tolerating these criminal actions is a disservice to one's country, fellowmen and kin," the embassy said.