The military rescued the British national and his Pinay wife, who was abducted at a resort in Zamboanga del Sur, Monday, November 25.
Westmincom Commander Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana confirmed the military troops had rescued couple Allan, and Wilma Hyrons at 9:00 am on Monday, Nov. 25, in Brgy. Taha sa Parang, Sulu.
The successful rescue operations occurred following three successive clashes between Abu Sayyaf members and the military.
Six members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) have been killed following military raids on different areas in Sulu this weekend.
In a statement from Western Mindanao Command on Sunday, two separate encounters erupted in Patikul and Indanan.
Abducted British national, Pinay wife rescued
Last month, a British man and his Filipino wife in Tukuran, Zamboanga del Sur.
Four armed men abducted the couple Allan Arthur Hyrons, 70, and his wife, Welma Paglinawan, at the resort they owned in Tukuran, Zamboanga del Sur, on October 4.
Zamboanga del Sur provincial government increased the reward money from P1M to P2-million for anyone who could give information on the kidnappers of British national and his Filipino wife.
Authorities revealed earlier revenge for terminating five teachers and kidnap-for-ransom as a possible motive of the Zamboanga kidnapping case.
According to Sobejana, they received a report that before the abduction, the couple fired five teachers from their school property, so it is possible that the teachers’ relatives took revenge.
The couple operates many businesses in the province, including the beach resort where they were abducted.