ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Mar. 27, 2008) – Abu Sayyaf militants have freed a kidnapped Muslim university principal after more than two months in captivity in the southern Philippines, police said.
Omar Taup had been freed March 17 in Tawi-Tawi province, but police only announced the release on Thursday for a still unknown reason.
Taup was kidnapped January 16 after militants raided the Notre Dame University in the province and killed its Catholic priest, Reynaldo Roda, after he resisted the kidnappers.
Police did not say if ransom was paid for the safe release of Taup, but the Abu Sayyaf had earlier demanded P1 million for his freedom.
Taup is reportedly sick and taken to a hospital in Zamboanga City. Another Abu Sayyaf faction is holding a Filipino trader, Rosalie Lao, who was kidnapped January 28 outside her house in Jolo town in Sulu province. (Mindanao Examiner)