62-year-old kidnap victim released in Southern Philippines
A Filipino-Chinese businessman abducted in southern Philippines last year was freed Tuesday by unidentified captors, Xinhua news agency reported.
Col. Jose Joriel Cenabre, commander of 2nd Marine Brigade and Joint Task Force Sulu, said Carlos Tee Tiam was released at around 3 a.m. local time inJolo, Sulu province.
Tiam was brought to the hospital for medical check up.
Tiam reportedly returned to his home on his own.
“The victim’s family said they have not negotiated or paid ransom in exchange for his release,” Cenabre said.
Tiam, 62, a owner of a gas station in Jolo, was abducted from his house by gunmen in April 2012 and held captive for more than a year.
Cenabre said constant military and police pursuit operations may have pressured the kidnappers into releasing the victim.