2 October 2016 | 11:30 AM

Three (3) more Indonesians held hostage in Sulu were turned over by MNLF Chairman Nur Misuari to Sulu Gov Totoh Tan before noon today.

Chairman Misuari personally called me and informed me about another breakthrough in the efforts to recover hostages held by the Abu Sayyaf Group. I coordinated with Gen. de la Vega of Task Force Sulu to facilitate smooth turnover.

In the same phone call, Gov. Tan confirmed that he had physical custody of the 3 Indonesians and he will turn turnover their custody to the local AFP headed by Gen. dela Vega.

Chairman Misuari requested me to relay this new development to President Duterte, in whose behalf I expressed gratitude for the efforts. The Indonesians were identified by Gov Tan as Edi Suryono, Ferry Arifin, and Muhamad Mabrur Dahri.