>> 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 fishermen also let go. Sekkingstad was abducted from an upscale resort last July along with two Canadians the group leader executed. What's less clear is why he was able to walk away?
Abu Sayyaf is notorious for kidnappings, beheadings, and executions and as Reuters Manny Mogato explains they don't hostages go for free.>> Nobody gets out in the south without a ransom. Well, they call it in the local parlance, board and lodging fee. The government is denying that they paid any ransom.
Well that is true but maybe because the money was raised by private organization or by the families and friend of the kidnapped victim.>> President Duterte says the hostages were released in part things the hard military pressure under his watch. More than 8,000 troops have been deployed in the south to hunt militants but uprooting extremism is no easy task.
>> As long as there is poverty, as long as there is injustice happening on the island and the long history and the sentiment of the Muslim people against the Christians in the north, I think this probably will continue. There's an ideology that it’s coming around influenced from Islamic State from the Middle East.
The younger Muslims are on the Internet and probably been influenced or brainwashed by this kind of a radical extremist ideology.>> Kidnappings by Abu Sayyaf at sea have led to unprecedented coordination between the Philippines and its neighbors. Several countries opening their waters to each other's naval forces aiming to chase down militants.