>> Finally, free from Filipino militants after a year long ordeal. Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad released by the radical Islamic group, Abu Sayyaf over the weekend. Three Indonesian fisherman also let go. Sekkingstad was abducted from an upscale resort last July along with two Canadians the group later executed.>> Basically, being treated like a slave, like carrying their stuff around and from time to time abused.
>> Abu Sayyaf is notorious for kidnappings, beheadings and extortion. It's widely believed no captives are released without a payment of ransom. But Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte says, his government did not hand over any money. Saying the hostages were release thanks to hard military pressure under his watch. And helped from Moro Liberation Front, a communist military group that's in peace talks with the government.
Those peace talks are also backed by Norway. Kidnappings by Abu Sayyaf at sea have lead to unprecedented of coordination between the Philippines and it's neighbors. Several countries opening their waters to each other's naval forces aiming to chase down militants.