Yemeni tribe frees abducted Filipino engineer

AP News
Posted: May 07, 2011 6:35 AM
Yemeni tribe frees abducted Filipino engineer

The Philippines government says a Filipino abducted by a local tribe in Yemen has been freed after 18 days in captivity.

Ramon de Castro, an engineer at a power generator rental company in Yemen's Ma'arib province was seized April 18 while en route to the capital, Sanaa, with a Sri Lankan colleague and two Yemenis. The two Yemenis were quickly freed but the abductors had demanded jobs, a school and electricity service for the foreigners' release.

A Department of Foreign Affairs statement said Yemeni officials, the victims' employer and neighboring tribes helped secure de Castro's release on Friday.

Some 10 million Filipinos _ about a tenth of the Philippines' 94 million people _ work overseas, sending home billions of dollars.