DAVAO CITY – President-elect Rodrigo Duterte on Friday revealed that he negotiated for the release of Abu Sayyaf hostage, Filipina Marites Flor, and is working on getting a Norwegian hostage freed.
Duterte said he also negotiated for the release of another Abu Sayyaf hostage, Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad, but this did not push through due to some problems.
“Kidnapping must stop because it has given us a very bad image,” he said.
Incoming presidential peace adviser Jesus Dureza said the release of Flor was an “act of goodwill” from the Abu Sayyaf.
He said the release of the Norwegian is still being worked out.