Pacquiao, Kris also on Abu kidnap list


PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd on Wednesday disclosed that the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) had also planned to abduct his youngest sister Kris and Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao or his children.

In a statement released by Malacañang in the wake of the beheading of Canadian John Ridsdel by the ASG, Aquino said such high-profile attacks were hatched by the bandit group “to gain favor with ISIS [Islamic State oinIraq and Syria] and gain leverage for the release of their jailed cohorts.

“As part of their effort to gain favor with ISIS, one of the ASG leaders, Isnilon Hapilon, through his cohorts in prison, has tried to convert other prisoners in New Bilibid Prisons to their cause and establish ties with remnants of the Rajah Sulayman Movement purportedly in an attempt to embark on a bombing campaign in Metro Manila,” the President added.

The New Bilibid Prisons or NBP is the national penitentiary located in Muntinlupa City in Metro Manila.

“They [ASG] allegedly even hatched plots to kidnap Manny Pacquiao or one of his children, as well as my sister Kris or one of her children, with the plan to use them in bargaining for the release of their cohorts. Threats against my own life have been investigated,” the President said.

He also claimed that the ASG had been planning to launch bomb attacks in Metro Manila but the group’s activities were being closely watched by the intelligence community so that no bombing could take place.

Aquino vowed to launch military operations that will neutralize the Abu Sayyaf.

“We have always been open to talks with those who desire peace but those who commit atrocities can expect the full might of the State. So, to the ASG, and whoever may aid or abet them, you have chosen only the language of force, and we will speak to you only in that language,” he said.

The President issued the statement after the severed head of John Ridsdel, a Canadian, was found in Sulu province in southern Mindanao.

“This murder was meant to terrorize our whole population. The Abu Sayyaf thought they could instill fear in us. Instead, they have galvanized us even further to ensure justice is meted out,” Aquino said.

“We will leave no stone unturned and are studying every instrument, both military and legal, to ensure success in our areas of operations and wherever else required.”

While “casualties are to be expected,” the President noted that “what has to be of utmost importance is neutralizing the criminal activities of the ASG.”

“The men and women in our Armed Forces are well-trained, well-equipped and resourceful. I have full trust and confidence in them. We have proven before that we will choose all-out justice over all-out war. We have always believed in the power of dialogue, development and positive engagement over arms. But we will always act from a position of strength,” Aquino said.

Remaining captives of the Abu Sayyaf, according to the President, are under the control of Radillon Sajiron, who has consolidated his forces around himself.

“This presents both a problem and an opportunity. It is a problem because of the sizeable force surrounding Sajiron and the captives, but it is also an opportunity because smashing these forces is within our grasp… The full resources of the State are being brought down on the ASG. Our primary objective is to rescue the hostages and ensure the safety of our civilian population,” he said.

Besides the ASG, there are various smaller terrorist groups and factions who want to align themselves with ISIS to gain access to the funds and resources of the group, Aquino explained.

Instead of allowing the group to prosper, he said, the government will work to “continue to seriously erode any ability of the ASG to continue to function.”

“We will not stop until the threat they pose to our communities is ended,” the President added.

The Abu Sayyaf militants, whose leaders have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group, are holding more than 20 other foreigners captive.

These include another Canadian, a Norwegian man and a Filipina who were abducted at the same time as Ridsdel at a marina near Davao.

The Abu Sayyaf is also believed to be holding a Dutch bird watcher kidnapped from a southern Philippine island in 2012, as well as 18 Indonesian and Malaysian sailors abducted over the past month.



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  1. Why is BS Aquino only taking actions now that Kris’ life was endangered? It shows he could not act as a responsible president for the Filipino people. What did he do the past seven months? Noynoying?

  2. I just wish the Goverment had some power to go and eradicate these monsters ie Abu Sayaf group.

    The ASG seem to have the upper hand. Go get them !

  3. Anong brand ba na g sigarilyo ng dahon nang Papaya ang hinihitit ni Penoy? Toxic na ang utak namg kumag na iyan….

  4. oh ayan, PAAWA EFFECT na naman ang Aquino Family. Sabi ni AbNoy pati si Kris na mahilig sa DOM eh balak kidnapin ng Abu Sayaff. ANG TAGAL NAMANNNNN…. dapat nuon pa ng naghahasik na siya ng lagim na nagbigay ng karumal-dumal na rekord sa pamilya nila. simpleng disenteng babae pero nasa loob ang kulo…. hehehe. tulad ng kuya niya, nasa loob din (ulo) ang kulo….

  5. The answer to the question, Why are the foreigners still keep coming inspite of the risk of being kidnapped or harm is just like asking Sir Hilary, Why did you climb Mt Everest inspite of the dangers surrounding it, and his answer was just simple..Because it is there…Look at the brighter side, the white beaches, fine food, hospitality of the Filipinos and the beautiful women and their culture. Lastly, I think risk is always present no matter what you do or where you are.

  6. hahaha ano nasa listahan ng abu sila eh lahat naman tayo nasa listahan nila ah. ano gusto niya sila lang ang dapat protectahan dahil ng babayad sila ng malaking income tax ang galing naman kita ninyo gustong magmaka awa. eh kung ng higpit ba sila sa mga pasukul sa mga ASG at tuloy tuloy hindi yung tekateka sa too lang dapat pag ng hostage ang ASG consider casulaty na ang mga hostage kasi hindi na dapat may paguusap sa mga yon o kita ninyo ang gusto lang nila ang kanila masusunod kay simple lang casualty na ang mga hostage ….

  7. Please don’t despised your former countrymen for the acts of some few scalawags and Outlaws. There are more than 7000 thousand Island in the Philippines. And the majority of it’s inhabitants are not bad people as you may think. Luzon, Visayas are safe places to visit while on adventure. Even in some part of Mindanao like Surigao and bukidnon are still safe place to consider. Unless You are in some parts of Sulu or the Cotabato’s area like the Buluan,Datu Piang,Sultan Kudarat,Lebak,Milbuk This place is closer to Davao City the Bailiwick of Digong. Where the Abu’s snatched their victims and played cat and mouse to evade detection. Yes, Zamboanga is a red flag too. As the Abu’s take their R&R in this City and adjoining barrios. Lastly if you’re not really in-love with Sulu Lads. Then avoid Basilan, Jolo, Siasi and Bongao as much as possible. The witch of Sibutu and water community of Sitangkai. Then you’re far away from Danger of the Abu’s. And Lastly anywhere you go in the World there is always Danger even in Belgium and Paris. Stop your nuisance and don’t scare the people we still loves the Philippines. Just heed the Travel advisory and they will be fine. Goodluck!

  8. The ASG has been a big problem of the PHILIPPINES ever since it started a small group and grows to a larger group using kidnapping for ransom as the source of their strength and existing. Their target are the foreigners for reasons that their government holds sizable amount of money and that is what ASG has in their minds vast amount of monies for them to collect! I can’t understands the minds of these foreigners coming to the Philippines risking their heads being cut off why in the HELL they keep coming like roaches into this place plague by corruptions to the highest level and all kinds of crimes lurking around. Rampant drug use, extortion on traveler’s leaving and existing the Manila International Airport. What sweets attract and lures these foreign people going to the Philippines? If they know that they are risking their head being cut-off and getting extorted for money upon exiting the Airport for home sweet home will they risk their luck before hand? These illustration of what’s exists in the Philippines brings bad reputations about the place but for individual safety and well being it implies that this is the place people have to avoid getting into.

    • Spend a winter over there you will understand the lure.

      But now most won’t be coming here, don’t worry. The tourist industry has been severely damaged and won’t be back for a long long time.