Sayyaf frees 2 Filipino crew of kidnapped Jordanian journalist Baker Atyani - police
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MANILA, Philippines - (UPDATE, 10:10 a.m.) Two Filipino crewmen kidnapped last year with Jordanian journalist Baker Atyani by the Abu Sayyaf Group in Sulu have been released, police confirmed Sunday.
Senior Superintendent Antonio Freyra, provincial police director, confirmed the release of Rolando Letrero and Ramilito Vela Saturday night.
Citing reports from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)&police, national police spokesman Chief Superintendent Generoso Cerbo Jr. said authorities received a call from Vela Saturday informing them that he and Letrero were released by their captors and were at the ANR Hotel in Jolo.
Members of the PNP Anti-Kidnapping Group were mobilized and at 10 p.m. Saturday, the two victims were picked up by police at the hotel.
Letrero and Vela were then brought to the Integrated Provincial Hospital Office for medical check-up and are now under protective custody of Sulu police.
Letrero and Vela will be flown to Zamboanga City before being transferred to Manila.
Veteran Jordanian television reporter Baker Atyani, however, was not yet released. Atyani, a reporter of Al-Arabiya TV, went missing with his two Manila-based Filipino crewmen on June 2012 while filming a report on the ASG. The three left their hotel early morning June 12 to pursue their story about the terror group.