Military Rescued 2 Coast Guard Hostages from Abu Sayyaf

The government troops in Zamboanga finally rescued the 2  two coast guard hostages from the hands of Abussayaf group in Indanan, Sulu last Wednesday, August 19.

According to military sources, Coast Guard personnel Seaman 2nd Class Gringo Villaruz and Seaman 1st Class Rod Pagaling were able to escape from their captors (for about 200 bandits) in the height of intense firefight with the government troopers in  Barangay Buanza at nightfall on Wednesday.

A screen-grab photo of one of the Coast Guard personnel pleading for help
Reportedly, at least 20 Abu Sayyaf rebels were killed  including  their sub-commanders Yasser Igasan, and Alhabshi Misaya  in clashes with elements of the 1st Scout Ranger Battalion under Lt. Col. Eugene Boquio, told Inquirer.

Local residents in the village of Buansa in Indanan took custody of SN2 Gringo Villaruz at about 7 a.m. while SN1 Rod Allen Pagaling was recovered by residents an hour later, Manila Bulletin said.

They immediately brought Villaruz and Pagaling to the Headquarters of the Philippine Marines station in the municipality.

At the time of the clash, Capt. Antonio Bulao, information officer of the Joint Task Force Sulu said four other captives were with Villaruz and Pagaling. Two were foreigners – a Malaysian and a South Korean.  Their whereabouts are still unknown.

Last week the barangay captain of Aliguay Island in Dapitan City was brutally executed by ASG after the family failed to meet the randsom demand. The victim was identified as Buligao, 62, was abducted in May along with two Coast Guard personnel.

Sources: | Manilla Bulletin