JAKARTA, Sept. 20 (JDN.id) – Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs handed over three Indonesian fishermen who were released after being abducted by militants in the Southern Philippines to their families in Jakarta on Wednesday.
The reunion took place in a closed ceremony without media presence.
Deputy Foreign Minister A.M. Fachir said the release was the result of hard work and cooperation of various elements related to the Indonesian Government supported by the Philippines Government.
“Conditions in the field are getting harder and harder. But by utilising the assets we have in the field and the support from the Philippines Government, thank God we managed to free them,” he said in a welcoming speech.
The three fishermen, Hamdan bin Saleng, Sudarling bin Samansunga, and Subandi bin Sattu, worked on a Malaysian fishing vessel BN 838/4 / F operating in the waters of Sabah, Malaysia. They were abducted in the waters of Taganak, Sabah, Malaysia in January last year and being held hostage for 20 months by Abu Sayyaf militants in the southern Philippines.
They were freed on Friday, Sept. 14 in Sulu Province in the southern Philippines.