Abu Sayyaf frees 1 of 2 abducted teachers

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – The Abu Sayyaf freed one of the two Zamboanga Sibugay-based public school teachers on Thursday morning in a village of Jolo, Sulu, an official said.

Col. Alan Arrojado, commander of the Joint Task Group Sulu, said Reynadeth Bagonoc-Silvano, 31, was released about 7:30 a.m. in downtown of Jolo.

“The victim was recovered by a concerned citizen and turned over to the military headquarters here,” Arrojado said.

However, the Abu Sayyaf kept Silvano’s brother Russel Bagonoc, 21.

The two victims were abducted last March 15 in Barangay Moalboal in Talusan town, Zamboanga Sibugay and brought to Sulu.

Arrojado could not immediately ascertain if ransom was paid for the release of the victim but believed the Abu Sayyaf could have been pressured by the ongoing law enforcement against the militants in Indanan town.

Arrojado said the victim was provided with medical check-up and underwent debriefing.

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