Tayudin Anjut, 45, and Abdurahim Bin Sumas, 62, have been rescued in waters off Pata island in southern Sulu province, stated Main Basic Carlito Galvez Jr., commander of the Western Mindanao Command.
The 2, who have been amongst 5 Malaysian tugboat crew seized by militants in July final yr off the Malaysian state of Sabah, have been weak and "in sickly state" when rescued, Galvez stated."Army docs at the moment are attending to them as we converse in our hospital in Sulu," stated Galvez.
The small however violent Abu Sayyaf group, based mostly on the south of the primarily Roman Catholic Philippines, is understood for kidnappings, beheadings, bombings and extortion. It's extensively believed that no captives are launched by the group with out ransom being paid.
Early this month Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte pleaded for assist from mayors in Muslim elements of the south to cope with Islamist militants, and threatened to impose martial regulation there if the issue shouldn't be tackled.
Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has described Abu Sayyaf's kidnappings as a nationwide embarrassment, saying the variety of hostages had elevated to 31 from 18 captives when Duterte got here to energy on June 30.