ASG kidnap victim found dead in Sulu

MANILA — A kidnapping victim of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) was found dead of still unknown causes in Patikul, Sulu Saturday night, Joint Task Group Sulu commander Brig. Gen. Alan Arrojado reported on Sunday morning.

He identified the victim as Hong Nwi-seong, 70, a South Korean national who was abducted by the ASG in Barangay Poblacion, RT Lim town, Zamboanga Sibugay last Jan. 24.

Hong’s body was found at 10:30 p.m. Saturday at the vicinity of the Sulu State College in Capitol Complex, Barangay Bangkal, Patikul.

The body was immediately taken to Kutang Heneral Teodulfo Bautista in Barangay Busbus, Jolo, for postmortem examination.

“Initial investigation revealed that the Indanan-based ASG brought the cadaver of the victim in the area after the subject’s death due to severe illness,” Arrojado said.

He added that the body will be transported to Zamboanga City and afterwards to Manila for proper disposition. Philippine News Agency/NorthboundPH