Rescued kidnap victims turned over to Vietnamese authorities

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 13 2017 01:03 AM

Three rescued Vietnamese kidnap victims were turned over to Vietnamese authorities. Courtesy of Western Mindanao Command.

The Western Mindanao Command on Sunday turned over the three rescued kidnap victims to the Vietnamese authorities in Zamboanga City.

Buy Xuan Vien, Bui Trung Duc and Nguten Quang Huy were officially received by Nguyen Duc Bien, the representative of the Vietnamese Embassy, at around 11 a.m. in Camp Navarro, Zamboanga City.

Prior to the turnover, the victims underwent medical check-up at the military hospital inside the WesMinCom headquarters.

The cadaver of Nguyin Huu Trong, another kidnap victim who was already dead when rescued due to an illness, will be brought to Manila to undergo autopsy.

The group will fly back to Vietnam after the necessary procedures and documentation in Manila.

The Vietnamese were rescued from the Abu Sayyaf Group in a special operation in Tawi-Tawi Friday morning.

They were crew members of MV Giang Hai 5, who were abducted off the waters of Sulu last February 25.

Of the 17 crew members, two were killed while trying to escape while 10 others were rescued.

The group of Xuan Vien was taken and transported to mainland Sulu prior to their rescue.

The military said the Abu Sayyaf Group, known for kidnapping, bombing and beheading captives, are still holding 16 captives on Jolo island, including seven foreigners, including a Dutch and a Japanese national.