However, AFP added there was no way to independently verify the military’s account of the rescue.
Hoang Vo was one of six people captured last November when a vessel they were on was boarded by members of the militant group off Sibago Island.
Wesmincom confirmed the Abu Sayyaf group are holding 26 hostages, including several foreigners, in Sulu and Basilian. The group kidnaps foreigners and locals holding them for ransom on its remote island strongholds in Mindanao.
In March, German national, Jurgen Kantner, was beheaded by the Islamist group after being held on the southern island of Jolo.