The Jakarta Post
The government has again failed to provide details regarding its efforts to secure the release of four Indonesian hostages from the hands of the Abu Sayyaf militant group in the southern Philippines.
In his speech to announce the release of the four hostages on Wednesday, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo only attributed the success in releasing the sailors to the four-point action plan signed during a recent trilateral meeting in Yogyakarta between Indonesia, the Philippines and Malaysia on maritime security.
“I thank the Philippine government, which has provided great cooperation for the second time in securing the release of our citizens,” Jokowi said. “And I am grateful that Indonesia’s initiative to hold the trilateral talks has produced results.”
The four Indonesians, identified as M. Ariyanto Misnan from Bekasi, West Java, Loren M. Petrus from West ...