Abducted Italian recovered by authorities at Jolo port

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Three foreigners and a Filipina kidnapped by the ASG are believed to be kept in Jolo.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) announced on Friday evening (April 8) that a former Italian priest, who was kidnapped last year, had been recovered.

Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla, AFP spokesperson, confirmed that Rolando del Torchio was under the custody of the AFP trauma center after he was found by authorities around 7:30 p.m. at the port of Jolo. He was on board MV KC Beatrice bound for Zamboanga City.

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Del Torchio — who was included by the AFP on the list of foreign hostages held by the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) — was abducted last October while at his bar cafe in Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte.

The kidnap-for-ransom victim had been scheduled for medical treatment as he was found in poor health condition.

No word yet as deadline comes

Meanwhile, there had been no word yet on the status of three foreign hostages kidnapped by the ASG in Samal Island, Davao City last September who had been set for execution.

The ASG had set April 8 as deadline for a P3-billion ransom for Canadians John Ridsdel and Robert Hall, and Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad.

A Filipina, Tess Flor, was also abducted along with the three foreigners.

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The AFP had been mum on the matter, but had maintained its no-ransom policy against kidnap-for-ransom groups like the ASG.

Norwegians monitoring developments

For its part, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it remained monitoring the situation closely and had been working continuously in order to secure "a best possible outcome."

Ane Haavardsdatter Lunde, ministry spokesperson, said Norwegian authorities were in close contact with the parties involved and the victim's family.

"Our main concern is the life and health of the hostages," she  said.

Lunde, however, refused to give further details.

CNN Philippine's Gerg Cahiles contributed to this report.