BantenNet.com, Jakarta, Indonesia - Located at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Foreign Affairs has surrendered two Indonesian citizens / ABK victims of hostage groups in the southern Philippines on behalf of Maharudin bin Lunani and Samiun bin Maneu to their respective families, Thursday (26-12-2019)
The Minister of Foreign Affairs in his speech gave thanks for the release of Maharudin and Samiun who had been held hostage in the Southern Philippines for 90 days. Furthermore, the Minister of Foreign Affairs stressed that the successful release of the two Indonesian citizens was the result of the hard work of the Government of Indonesia and the Government of the Philippines. In particular, the Minister of Foreign Affairs expressed his appreciation to the Philippine Government as well as condolences for the death of a Filipino soldier in the liberation operation. The Minister of Foreign Affairs also expressed his appreciation for the cooperation and support of the Menkopolhukam, the Defense Minister, the TNI Commander, the Head of BIN and the Head of BAIS.
"It's almost unbelievable to see my husband's face again," said Wa Daya, Maharudin's wife. Muhammad Piko, Samiun's cousin also expressed his gratitude and appreciation for the Indonesian Government's hard work in freeing his family.
Maharudin and Samiun together with 1 (one) other Indonesian citizen / crew member, Muhammad Farhan, were abducted and taken hostage by armed groups in Tambisan waters, Lahad Datu, Sabah, Malaysia on September 23, 2019. Through intensive cooperation between Indonesian intelligence and the Philippine military, the liberation operation succeeded in finding hostages in the Sulu region and armed clashes occurred on December 22, 2019 which subsequently succeeded in liberating Maharudin and Samiun.
At present there is one Indonesian citizen / ABK on behalf of Muhammad Farhan who is still in captivity. The liberation effort continues to be carried out through close collaboration with the Government of Indonesia and the Government of the Philippines.