Sayyaf beheads Pinoy hostage


ZAMBOANGA CITY: The Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) has beheaded a Filipino hostage in Sulu.

Brig. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana Jr. commander of Joint Task Force Sulu, identified the victim as Noel Besconde, the captain of F/B Ramona who was abducted along with three others in the Celebes Sea in December last year.

Besconde was reportedly sick, prompting the bandits to behead him because he was delaying their movement, Sobejana said.

Sobejana said that troops “are currently in the area where the incident transpired” to retrieve the remains of the executed hostage.

The other crewmen who were kidnapped along with Besconde were Reyjim Rocabo, Roy Ramos and Roel Liones, all residents of Tukuran, Zamboanga del Sur.Other reports said the hostage was beheaded to avenge the recent killing of Abu Sayyaf leader Muamar Askali alias Abu Rami who died in a clash with security forces in Bohol province.

Besconde was among a group of four fishermen kidnapped in December last year off Sulu archipelago.

The Abu Sayyaf, which is still holding about two dozen Asian sailors kidnapped off Basilan and Tawi-Tawi provinces in the Muslim autonomous region, has not released a statement on the execution of Besconde.

Besconde was reportedly beheaded by the group of ASG sub-leader Almujer Yadah in Patikul, Sulu.

A senior Abu Sayyaf leader, Radulan Sahiron, was also reported to have sent surrender feelers to the military and is willing to help authorities capture or convince other commanders to surrender in exchange for amnesty. He allegedly wanted a cut in the bounties offered by government for other Abu Sayyaf leaders.

Sahiron is wanted by the Philippines and the United States on terrorism charges. The US has offered up to $1 million bounty for Sahiron’s capture.

“Many innocent men, women and children have died or have been seriously injured as a result of Sahiron’s actions. Sahiron played a role in the May 2001 Dos Palmas kidnapping of three US citizens, including Martin and Gracia Burnham, and 17 Filipinos from a tourist resort in Palawan, Philippines. Several of the hostages, including U.S. citizen Guillermo Sobero, were murdered,” according to information posted by the US Reward for Justice.

“Sahiron is believed to be hiding in southern Mindanao where he continues to plot terror schemes that impact many communities. Because of his leadership position within the ASG, whose terrorist attacks have resulted in the deaths of US and Filipino citizens, US authorities consider Sahiron to be a threat to US and Filipino citizens and interests,” it added.



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  1. John Chameleon on

    Surrender of criminals that caused the notoriety of the Philippines for beheading kidnap victims all over the world is unacceptable.

    President Duterte must stop his fancy on Misuari who is sponsoring Abu Sayyaf’s maneuver to negotiate, live and kidnap again and behead and destroy the country and an unending cycle of atrocious crimes.

    The ASG must be stopped to wreck the country and they accomplish this with the help of the unscrupulous politicians like Misuari who’s now duping the administration to be lenient to the barbaric group.

    You’ve been duped before, don’t do it for the second time. Abu Sayyaf bandits are criminals beyond reform. To borrow your word, “FINISH THEM.” Don’t be stupid to agree with Misuari.

    • dating magna-nakaw on

      Evidently, Missuari must have been getting a certain percentage of the ransom money paid to the ASG because he does not have a job since he was living in the mountains and he is still living comfortably with his four (4) wives.

  2. John Chameleon on

    Accepting Sahiron’s surrender and his promise to help convince his co-barbarians surrender under an amnesty. The military can accept this but after he surrenders, endorse him to the American authorities. That is $1M bountry.

  3. When is the Philippine government going to get serious about eradicating the ASG? This has been going on for years. Or is the AFP being paid off to such an extent that they are a big part of the problem? You can write tourism off as a source of economic growth until the ASG have been demonstrably neutered (and outlawed).

  4. retired kriminal on

    If I were the AFP Chief, I would meet secretly with the President and inform him of my intention in handling the surrender of Radulan Sahiron, a senior ASG leader. The AFP can trick these criminals to go ahead and surrender, if they agree on the conditions that there will be no press people, no publicity, and no video cameras to document this historic event. Well, just inform these criminals that this is only your assembly area, getting ready for the biggest event when they will be presented to the Press. They (AFP) should assign somebody graduated from Psy Ops school that can talk sweet and promise these criminals to reform now and this would be the best opportunity to take, and a giant leap to improve their lives. When they have rounded up enough leaders and members to surrender, they can go ahead and load them in a ship on a one way trip, for proper disposition. Their dead bodies should be scattered in the sea where they once captured their prisoners. This is the best “retribution” that the government could do to these criminals and the hell with the human rights groups as well. Please DO NOT say “hell” to the CBCP because the can create hell for the President.

  5. A senior Abu Sayyaf leader, Radulan Sahiron, was also reported to have sent surrender feelers to the military and is willing to help authorities capture or convince other commanders to surrender in exchange for amnesty.
    No, Hell No.