The Philippine military have found the bodies of three sailors who were kidnapped in two separate incidents over nine months ago, according to the South East Asia piracy watchdog ReCAAP on Aug 15.
On July 5 this year, the bodies of two members of the crew of the Vietnam-flagged bulk carrier Royal 16, 5,610dwt, were found at Sitio Limbutulan, Sumisip Basilan Province.
The ship was boarded on Nov 11, 2016, by 10 armed men who kidnapped the crew members and wounded another two. The attack occurred off Sibago Island.
In June, Philippine troops rescued one crew member who had been held in captivity for more than seven months. ReCAAP said that the three remaining crew members are believed to be still in captivity.
On July 7, Philippine troops were conducting military operations in Patikul Sulu when they found the body of one of the kidnapped crew of the bulk carrier Giang Hai, 4,739dwt. Armed men boarded the ship while she was underway on Feb 19 this year and kidnapped six of her crew and killed another.
The ship was boarded north-west of Doc Can Island while bound from Indonesia to Iloilo. The Philippine authorities rescued 17 of the crew.