Joint Task Force Sulu (JTF Sulu) on Wednesday rescued 60-year-old Martina Lyn Yee from being turned over to the Sulu-based Abu Sayyaf Group, the military reported.
Yee, a businesswoman, was kidnapped by "more or less six (6) fully armed men" on Monday in Zamboanga Sibugay.
According to the Western Mindanao Command, troops manning the Palakaya (local boat in Sulu) of the 501st Brigade were alerted of the presence of six armed men with the victim. Immediately thereafter, 351st Battalion conducted the rescue operations.
When the troops arrived, the armed men hastily left and abandoned the victim "for fear of being caught by the pursuing government troops," said the Westmincom.
"Military troops continue to conduct pursuit operations as of this moment."
The military recovered a new speedboat with three outboard motors, used to transport Yee.
Yee has since been brought to the Kuta Heneral Teodulfo Bautista [KHTB] trauma hospital of the Armed Forces of the Philippines for medical check-up before a debriefing by a personnel of the 501st Brigade and turnover to her family.