NORWEGIAN AMB. ERIK FORNER WHILE WAITING FOR SEKKINGSTAD’S ARRIVAL WHICH WAS LATER POSTPONED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER
Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad is staying overnight at the residence of Moro National Liberation Front chair Nur Misuari in Barangay Kagay in Patikul, Sulu after he was released by his captors Saturday, September 17.
Philippine Government’s Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Sec. Jesus Dureza confirmed Saturday evening that Sekkingstad was released by his captors earlier today Saturday at around 2pm somewhere in Patikul. Sulu.
“He is now staying overnight at the place of MNLF Chairman Nur Misuari in Barangay Kagay who volunteered to host his stay due to heavy rains and nightfall. Men of Misuari and former Gov Sakur Tan and other volunteers helped in the release,” Dureza said in a released statement.
The secretary said that he will fly Sekkingstad out of Jolo Sunday morning and bring him to Davao City to be presented to President Rodrigo Duterte.
Dureza said he was able to talk to Sekkingstad by phone Saturday and the kidnap victim’s words were “thank you to President Duterte”.
Selkingstad was abducted by the Abu Sayyaf Group in a resort in the Island Garden City of Samal last September 21, 2015, almost a year ago.
Of the four kidnap victims, only Filipina Marites Flor and Sekkingstad survived. Other victims — Canadians John Ridsdel and Robert Hall were both beheaded.
Unconfirmed reports of a paid ransom worth P30 million was not confirmed nor denied by the authorities.