The two policewomen who were abducted some two weeks ago in Sulu by suspected Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) members were recovered Saturday and were formally turned over to President Duterte in Davao City.
The two PNP elements were recovered with the assistance of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) chair Nur Misuari, who was reportedly personally requested earlier by the President to help in their safe return.
Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Jess Dureza, accompanied by Misuari, personally fetched the two PNP officers in Jolo today and turned them over to President Duterte.
Also present during the handover were AFP Chief of Staff Carlito Galvez , PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde, and Sulu Task Force head Gen Cirilito Sobejana.
“Since day one, President Duterte instructed us to work on the safe release of the victims,” Dureza said.
Police Officer 2 Benierose Alvarez and Police Officer 1 Dinah Gumahad, along with two civilians, were abducted by armed men on April 29 in the town of Patikul.
They had just come from Camp Teodulfo Bautista near the Jolo Airport when their tricycle was waylaid by suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf Group.
Authorities in Sulu said the two police officers underwent medical examination and debriefing from the military.
Sobejana said military operations have been heightened to rescue the remaining kidnap victims in the island.
Last week, a number of Abu Sayyaf members were killed following a rescue attempt by the military.