PUTRAJAYA: The two Malaysian rescued by Philippines forces from Abu Sayyaf militants will be flown to Manila by the Philippines Air Force (PAF), said the Foreign Ministry today.
In a statement released by the ministry, it was stated that Abdul Rahim Summas and Tayudin Anjut will be taken to Manila first before making their way back to Malaysia, the soonest possible.
“The Malaysian Embassy in Manila will render the necessary assistance upon their arrival in Manila.
“The ministry is working closely with Kelab Putera 1Malaysia to fly the rescued victims back to Malaysia as soon as possible.
“Malaysia expresses its gratitude to the Philippines government for their efforts in rescuing the two kidnapped victims,” the statement read.
Abdul Rahim, 62, and Tayudin, 45, were among five local fishermen reported missing in July last year after their vessel were found abandoned off Lahad Datu waters.
Efforts are on-going to rescue the three other Malaysians – Mohd Zumadil Rahim, 23, Fandy Bakran, 26, and Mohd Ridzuan Ismail, 32 – reported missing along with the duo.