Jolo councilor freed by Abu Sayyaf, military says

RJ Rosalado, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 02 2017 10:55 PM | Updated as of Nov 02 2017 11:10 PM

A councilor in Jolo, Sulu who was abducted by Abu Sayyaf bandits in September was released Wednesday night, a military official said Thursday.

Brigadier General Cirilito Sobejana, commander of Joint Task Force Sulu, identified the victim as Ezzeddin Suod Tan.

Tan was in good health with only mosquito bites on his arms, according to the military.

Sobejana told ABS-CBN News that Tan was released past 9 p.m. in the village of Buru, Talipao in Sulu. 

The victim was immediately brought to Camp General Teodulfo Bautista Station Hospital for a medical check-up before he was turned over to his family.

Tan is a nephew of incumbent Sulu vice governor Abdusakur Tan.

Sobejana declined to comment if ransom was paid for the release of the victim. However, he reiterated that the military adheres to the government's no-ransom policy.

The Jolo councilor was abducted by at least six armed men in Indanan town last September 27.

He was biking together with 12 others when he was abducted.