PH defense chief Lorenzana: Abu Sayyaf still holding 25 hostages

Delfin Lorenzana tells the Fullerton Forum organized by the International Institute for Strategic Studies that 25 kidnap victims are still being kept on the island of Jolo
SINGAPORE – The Philippine defense chief said on Monday, January 23, that 25 hostages are still being held by the Abu Sayyaf in the southern Philippines but urged that no ransom be paid for their release.
Delfin Lorenzana also told a security forum in Singapore that President Rodrigo Duterte has been under pressure to declare martial law in at least three southern islands where group operates, but he did not think there was a need.
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