Kidnapping of Indonesian nationals becomes national issue for PHL-Indonesia


The issue on the 10 kidnapped Indonesian crew of a Taiwanese tugboat is now turning into a national level between the Philippine and Indonesian governments.

The Indonesian Embassy to the Philippines has confirmed of the abduction of the 10 Indonesian nationals who are working at the said Taiwanese tugboat, by an armed group while traversing the waters of Tawi-Tawi and Sulu.

Bgen. Restituto Padilla, spokesman of the Armed Forces of the Philippines said that there is already high level consultation between the two neighboring countries regarding the seahijacking incident last Saturday.

Last Tuesday morning, AFP Chief of Staff General Hernando Iriberri went to the headquarters of the Western Mindanao Command and talked to the security forces, asking about the details and plan of action the troops are conducting regarding the said hijacking incident.

According to Maj. Filemon Tan, official spokesman of the Western Mindanao Command, the WestMinCom staff headed by Ltgen. Mayoralgo Dela Cruz already reported and explained to Iriberri his troops are doing as support to the Philippine National Police operations in order to retrieve the victims from their captors.

Based on initial report of the PNP which was relayed to them by Task Force Zambasulta, the suspects took with them the navigational equipment of tugboat Brahma 12, including the personal belongings of the crew and later on abandoned the tugboat.

The tugboat was then recovered by authorities at Languyan Island in Tawi-Tawi.

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