Davao City - The two personnel of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) who escaped captivity in the hands of the Abu Sayyaf group are now safely back inside PCG headquarters, where they were also reunited with their families on Friday, told ABS-CBN report.
SN2 Gringo Villaruz and SN1 Rodlyn Pagaling were abducted last May 4, 2015 in Brgy Aliguay, Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte.
On August 19,Wednesday at around 5:PM, the two managed to escape from their captors as military forces engaged the bandit in the jungle of Indanan, Sulu
|PCG Pagaling and Villaruz photo from ANC Alert|
“The fighting was so intense. There was no time to think hard,” said Villaruz.
“We just made a run for it while there was chaos all around.” he added.
According to ABS-CBN privy sources, during their almost 4-month long captivity, Pagaling and Villaluz were turned into servants of the approximately 200-strong Abu Sayyaf group holding them in Sulu. They were made to cook the rebels' meals, fetch water, carry bullets, and even massage the backs 10-year old children who were at the camp.
The two rescued hostages were flown to Manila, and they arrived in a van at 11:15 a.m. at the PCG headquarters. Both men wore identical blue shirts with the words “PCG Lives” emblazoned at the back.
Pagalingan, still unshaved, embraced his wife and three-year-old child Alina as soon as he stepped out of the van.
"Mahirap ang buhay namin doon, pero dasal lang talaga sa Panginoon ang ginawa namin para mabuhay kami," said Pagaling.
For his part, Villaruz thanked Transportation Secretary Emilio "Jun" Abaya, the Army, Rangers and Marines.told CNN Philippines.
2nd Class PCG Gringo Villaruz, 28 is a Dabawenyo, he graduated Electrical Technology program from University of Mindanao last 2006. On the other hand, Rod Allain Pagaling, 34, the man with a coast guard tattoo in his shoulder is a certified Kagay-anon.
Sources: CNN Philippines | Tribune | ABS-CBN
Image credit : ABS-CBN News Channel /ANC Alert