Sunday, November 23, 2008
ASG Hostage Milet Mendoza Released
Humanitarian volunteer hostaged by the Abu Sayyaf Group in Basilan was released on November 14, 2008 at about 10:30pm to Vice Governor Al-Rasheed Sakalahul, Chair of the Crisis Committee. She was brought the following day to Headquarters 1st Marine Brigade in Tabiawan, Isabela City at around 0900H. Later, BGEN. Rustico Guerrero, Commanding General of the 1st Brigade, led Ms. Mendoza and her group composed of Esperancita Hupida, Father Calvo and others to the Headquarters, Naval Forces Western Mindanao in Zamboanga City before 1200H. The party was met by the Philippine Marine Corps Commandant MGEN Ben Dolorfino.
Along with five other people, including her colleague Esperancita Hupida, Mendoza was abducted on Sept. 15 near Isabela City in Basilan by suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf.