MANILA -- Jordanian journalist Baker Atyani, who escaped from his Abu Sayyaf captors in Sulu after 18 months in captivity, is set to be transferred to Manila.
Security is tight at the Sulu Provincial Hospital where Atyani is resting while he awaits his transfer.
A private group from Atyani's employer, Al-Arabiya Network, is expected to arrive at the hospital to pick him up and bring him directly to Manila today.
Atyani, the Southeast Asia bureau chief of Al-Arabiya, managed to escape from the Abu Sayyaf on Wednesday night after failing in his pervious attempts.
"This time they were really too busy and I noticed that before the sunset, between about 2 o' clock and 6 o' clock, they were very busy. They go to the nearest town market and a good number of them is out of the place and there is no security. The security is only imposed around my hut at night. And so I've been observing this the last few days and I was able to know the directions. Some of them helped me to know the directions, some of the kidnappers," Atyani earlier told ABS-CBN News.
Atyani, a Dubai-based journalist known for interviewing Osama bin Laden months before the September 11 attacks, was taken hostage in Jolo with his two Filipino crewmen in July 2012 while filming a documentary on the bandit group.
The Filipinos were freed in February this year. The two said no money had changed hands. They said they were separated from the Jordanian five days after they were taken captive.
Atyani, who was found by police authorities wandering along a road in Barangay Igasan on Wednesday evening, now weighs about 50 kilograms, a significant drop from his 85 kg weight at the time he was abducted. -- Reports from ANC, Agence France-Presse