- Authorities have unearthed the remains of the Canadian kidnap victim killed by Abu Sayyaf
- Robert Hall was the second Canadian victim beheaded by the Abu Sayyaf
- Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad remains to be held captive by the bandit group
The remains of the recently beheaded Canadian kidnap victim of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) have been recovered on Saturday morning, July 2.
The body of Robert Hall, who was executed in June, was found in Upper Barangay Kamuntayan in Talipao, Sulu.
Western Mindanao Command Spokesperson Major Filemon Tan said in a GMA News Online story that the body was unearthed by officials from the Join Task Group through a tip by the villagers at around 11:30 in the morning.
Tan said the body was brought to the task force’s headquarters in the municipality of Jolo and will be transported to the crime laboratory of the Philippine National Police.
Hall was beheaded by the bandit group last June 13 after the deadline of a million-dollar ransom lapsed. Another Canadian named John Ridsdel was also beheaded by the ASG also due to failing to meet the deadline for the ransom.
Aside from Hall and Ridsdel, there are also two other persons kidnapped by the terrorist group in Davao del Norte last year.
They are Hall’s Filipino girlfriend, Marites Flor and Norweigian Kjartan Sekkingstad.
ASG released Flor last week to President Duterte. Meanwhile, Duterte is negotiating Sekkingstad’s release.
Norwegian Ambassador Erik Forner visited Duterte last Friday, June 24, to thank the then incoming President for his efforts to free Sekkingstad.
Flor said at the time that the bandit group is planning to kill Sekkingstad if they do not get the P600 million worth of ransom.