Rescued Filipina kidnap victim set to be repatriated to PH
MANILA, Philippines—The rescued Filipina kidnap victim in Malaysia is now in the custody of the Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur and is set to be repatriated.
“The rescued Filipina kidnap victim was turned over to the Embassy early Sunday night and she is now under care and custody of Embassy in Kuala Lumpur,” Department of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Charles Jose told reporters Monday.
“Preparations are on the way for her repatriation back to the Philippines,” he said.
Mercy Dayawan, 40, an employee of a resort in Sabah, Malaysia, was kidnapped by armed gunmen along with one Chinese tourist last April 2, 2014.
They were rescued May 30, 2014, by police authorities.
Jose said that there were suspicions Dayawan was involved in the case, “but she has been cleared of any involvement in the case by the Malaysian police.”
“Based on statements by the Malaysian authorities, there was no ransom paid,” he said.
The bandit group Abu Sayyaf is suspected to be behind the kidnapping.
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