The Philippine Army announced on Wednesday that one of the tourists kidnapped by gunmen from the famous Samal island tourist resort in the southern Philippines, along with two Canadians and a Norwegian, has been found in the getaway used by the kidnappers.
"Two motorised bancas were recovered on the shores of Tibanban," said an army spokesman, Colonel Noel Detoyato. The boats were found around 100 kilometers from where the kidnappings took place.
Philippine authorities have not yet found clues as to who might have kidnapped the four people.
Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, chairman of the Regional Peace and Order Council, called a meeting with major security forces in the Davao Region to discuss the event.
Philippine security forces have launched an operation with four helicopters and patrol boats around the resort and found a note associated with the New People's Army (NPA), the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines, saying, “Justice for our commander, by the NPA."
However, Philippine authorities have stated that they doubt whether the NPA has the capability to organise such an attack.