The President-elect Rodrigo Duterte is now working on the release of the Norwegian being held hostage by the bandit group Abu Sayyaf.
Norwegian Ambassador Erik Forner on Friday, thanked Duterte for his continued effort in securing the release of Kjartan Sekkingstad, at a meeting in the Department of Public Works and Highways compound in Panacan, Davao City.
In a video released by Radio TV Malacañang (RTVM), Forner says, “We are very thankful for what you are doing,”
Prior to their meeting, Duterte said on a turnover ceremony at the Davao City Police Office, that the captive wasn’t able to cross due to turbulent seas.
“We were able to negotiate but apparently yung kinidnap na Norwegian hindi pa raw naka-cross because of the rough seas I was told. I don’t know if it is true…Hopefully, maawa ang Allah, he will be released in a short time,” the incoming president said.
Duterte has promised to help in negotiations for the release of Sekkingstad, the only victim of the September 2015 Samal Island kidnapping incident still held hostage by Abu Sayyaf.
Maritez Flor, among the 4 captives was released early Friday around 4am in front of the house of Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan II in Jolo, Sulu.
She was present in the meeting of Duterte and Forner. Canadian John Ridsdel and Robert Hall were beheaded after it failed to secure a ransom money of P300-M.
According to Flor, the ASG has plans to behead Sekkingstad if the government fails to pay P600-M ransom for the hostage.
Duterte declared a “day of reckoning” three days ago, vows to fight ASG if it won’t release its hostages.