Government troops recently launched a successful operation that rescued an Indonesian fisherman, the last captive of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in the province of Sulu.

Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) chief, identified the rescued Indonesian fisherman as Muhammad Farhan, 27.  He was rescued at around 6:45 p.m. last Wednesday in Barangay Bato-Bato, Indanan, Sulu..

A tip from the residents reached the authority that triggered the rescue operation of Farhan, according to Sobejana. The victim was brought to Camp General Teodulfo Bautista Station Hospital and was later transferred to Camp Navarro General Hospital for further medical assistance and custodial debriefing.

“We are very pleased with this remarkable accomplishment of our Joint Task Force Sulu,” Sobejana stated.

Sobejana said Farhan is the last of the remaining captive of the Abu Sayyaf Group successfully rescued by the military.

Farhan was abducted together with his father, Maharudin Lunani, 48, and Samiun Maneu, 27, a crew, while fishing in the waters of Tambisan, Lahad Datu on September 23, 2019.

Lunani and Maneu were first saved by the government soldiers on December 22, 2019 in Panamao, Sulu. (RJ Espartinez)