September 18, 2016 – Norwegian hostage Kjartan Sekkingstad was released by his captors on September 17, 2016 at around 2PM somewhere in Patikul, Sulu. His first words to OPAPP Secretary Jesus Jess Dureza when they spoke on the phone was: “Thank you to President Duterte.” Sekkingstad was presented to the public by President Rody Duterte and Sec. Dureza at a press conference in Davao City on September 18, 2016.
Presscon on the Safe Release of Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad
The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process or OPAPP is the office mandated to oversee, coordinate, and integrate the implementation of the comprehensive peace process. The agency was created through executive order no. 125, s. 1993 which was later amended in 2001 with the signing of executive order no. 3, s. 2001 as a reaffirmation of the government’s commitment to achieving just and lasting peace through a comprehensive peace process.