MANILA - Authorities have rescued the half-sister and stepmother of Talipao, Sulu Mayor Nivocadnezar Tulawie from their suspected Abu Sayyaf abductors, the military said Thursday.
Liutenant Colonel Gerry Besana, spokesperson of Western Mindanao, confirmed to ABS-CBN News that Tulawie's relatives were rescued late Wednesday, but did not provide additional details on the incident.
An ABS-CBN source, however, claimed the bandits released the victims in the boundary of Patikul and Talipao towns.
A village chief supposedly fetched the victims there before handing them over to another barangay chairman of Talipao, the source said.
Armed men abducted Edelyn Tulawie and Addang Tulawie from their home in the boundaries of Barangay Kandaga and Kuhaw, Talipao before dawn on Wednesday.
The mayor had said he was convinced Abu Sayyaf bandits snatched away his relatives because of his support for the military's campaign against them.
The abduction was led by Abu Sayyaf's Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan. With him were a certain Ben Tattoo and Bongkabong, said Brigadier General Divino Rey Pabayo, commander of Joint Task Force Sulu.
Report from RJ Rosalado, ABS-CBN News