An 18-year-old Chinese national who was kidnapped by suspected members of Abu Sayyaf in September was released on Wednesday, a police official said.
The teenager, Li Peizhi, was discovered in Alicia, a first class municipality in the province of Isabela, said Police Superintendent Roy Bahian, director of the Zamboanga Sibugay province police.
Li was abducted by four unidentified gunmen on September 11 as he was working at a store in Kabasalan. They brought him to the nearby province island of Basilan, where he was held captive for almost two months.
Bahian said Li and his abductors left Basilan and book a motorized pump boat to Alicia. Police did not confirm whether a ransom was paid in exchange for the teen’s freedom.
This is the latest in a string of recent cases involving Chinese nationals being kidnapped by alleged members of Abu Sayyaf, an Islamist militant group. On April 2, a tourist from Shanghai and a Filipino hotel worker were abducted from a resort in the eastern Malaysian state of Sabah by believed Abu Sayyaf militants. Both of the women were rescued in June.
Another Chinese man who was kidnapped at a fish farm in Sabah on May 6 was released in June as well.
In May, a Chinese businesswoman and her daughter were taken from a karaoke bar in the southern Philippines by suspected members of Abu Sayyaf. Their whereabouts are unknown.
From January to August this year, 33 kidnapping cases for ransom purposes were reported in Manila alone, according to CNTV. Of the 51 victims, 17 were Chinese.