Malaysian escapes from Sayyafs

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Updated) -- One of the two Malaysians who were kidnapped late last year by the Abu Sayyaf bandits escaped from his captors in the island province of Sulu on Tuesday.

Sulu Police Director Abraham Orbita said Tung Wee Jie, 26, was recovered by patrolling policemen around 7 a.m. Tuesday in Barangay Pasil, Indanan town, Sulu.

Tung, a Malaysian-Chinese, was kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf on November 13, 2012 together with his cousin, Tung Wee Fei, 33, at a palm oil plantation in Lahad Datu, Sabah.

Malaysian national escapes from Abu Sayyaf
Malaysian Chong Wei Jie (center), who escaped from Abu Sayyaf bandits, arrives in Jolo, Sulu on Tuesday, August 6, 2013. (AP)

The older Tung is the plantation manager, while the younger Tung is the assistant plantation manager.

Orbita said the Tungs’ families were unable to pay a ransom of $230,000 that later was lowered to $46,000.

He said the policemen were conducting security patrol when they spotted the victim walking along the side of the road.

He said Tung told them that the latter "took the opportunity to escape while his captors were pre-occupied."

Tung also told the police that his cousin died of sickness while in captivity.

The policemen immediately brought Tung to the provincial police headquarters where he underwent medical check-up and debriefing.

"Generally, he is in good health except that he is thin and so many mosquito bites," Orbita said in a text message.

He said Tung will be flown to Manila "once the plane could land" at Jolo airport, citing they are experiencing heavy downpour. (Sunnex)

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