- The Abu Sayyaf beheaded another hostage
- Canadian Robert Hall was killed after the deadline for ransom payment expired
- The terror group said Hall’s body would be found somewhere in Jolo
The Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) executed another of its foreign hostages after the June 13, 3 p.m. deadline for the payment of ransom expired.
Inquirer’s Julie Alipala said Abu Raami, the designated spokesman of the ASG, told the inquirer by phone that they executed Robert Hall. Raami said the victim’s body will be found somewhere in Jolo.
The ASG demanded P600 million for the release of Robert Hall, his Filipina girlfriend Marites Flor and Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad to be paid on or before 3 p.m. of June 13 or else one of them would be killed.
According to an article published by Globe and Mail, the bandits rejected the P50 million offered by Hall’s family who personally negotiated for his release.
The Philippine military, meanwhile, cannot confirm the beheading.
Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (AFP) Western Mindanao Command spokesman Major Filemon Tan said he could not confirm the report that one of the hostages was beheaded.
“I cannot confirm or deny it. We don’t have reports yet coming from our units on the ground. Will update you as soon as we get data or reports from line units,” Maj. Tan said.
Meanwhile, the National Ulama Conference of the Philippines (NUCP) condemned the execution of Hall.
“We from NUCP strongly condemn this terrorism. This is un-Islamic, inhuman, and condemnable,” Alih Aiyub, national secretary general of the NUCP, said.
The group of Muslim leaders also criticized local politicians for failing to work with security forces to ensure the safe release of the hostages.
“We are saddened, too, by the insensitivity of the government, especially the LGUs from regional to provincial to municipal to barangay, and their lack of cooperation with the Philippine National Police and the AFP to eliminate this terrorist group,” Aiyub said.