DAVAO CITY: The Abu Sayyaf Group has threatened to behead a Malaysian national if ransom for his safe release is not paid by his family, reports said.
Chan Wai See, the wife of kidnap victim Bernard Then Ted Fen, said she spoke with the group and her husband over the phone on August 22 and told the Malaysia’s Home Ministry about it, according to a report by the Malaysian Insider.
The 39-year-old Bernard was kidnapped while inside a restaurant in Malaysia, along with the establishment manager, Thien Nyuk Fun, last May 14.
The report said Bernard was very weak and that he told his wife that he would be beheaded next after the Abu Sayyaf beheaded, Rodolfo Boligao, a village official from Dapitan City in Zamboanga del Norte.
In Zamboanga City, Marine Capt. Maria Rowena Muyuela, AFP Western Mindanao Command spokesperson, said operations against the Abu Sayyaf still continue following the recent rescue of two Coast Guard members—Gringo Villaruz and Rodlyn Pagaling – in the village of Buanza in Sulu’s Indanan town.
At least 15 rebels were killed during the operations, which also left seven soldiers injured.
“We have not received any reports of Abu Sayyafs threatening to kill their Malaysian hostage, but what I can tell is that our law enforcement operations are continuing in Sulu against the Abu Sayyaf,” she told The Manila Times in a phone interview.