MANILA — Philippine marines found two Lebanese-born Filipino sisters on Thursday who either escaped or were freed by Abu Sayyaf extremists after eight months of jungle captivity on a dangerous southern island where they had traveled to make a documentary about poor farmers, officials said.
Colonel Jose Cenabre said Nadjoua and Linda Bansil were found in a mountain town on Jolo island.
Abu Sayyaf gunmen abducted the sisters on June 22 of last year in Sulu province, where they had traveled to do a video documentary called ‘‘Cafe Armalite,’’ about the lives and culture of poor coffee farmers in the predominantly Muslim region.
The Abu Sayyaf had demanded a ransom in exchange for the sisters’ freedom but Cenabre said it was not clear if money had changed hands.
Abu Sayyaf militants still hold about a dozen hostages in the jungles of Sulu, including two European bird watchers who were kidnapped two years ago, Cenabre said.