THE Philippine National Police (PNP) on Tuesday confirmed that a severed head found in front of a cathedral in Jolo, Sulu, belongs to Canadian hostage Robert Hall, who was beheaded by members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) last June 13.
Hall was beheaded by his captors after the ASG failed to receive the P600 million ransom being demanded by the group for his safe release. Hall is the second Canadian beheaded by the ASG this year.
Last April, the ASG beheaded John Ridsdel after the ASG failed to receive the P600 million ransom they were also demanding for the safe release of Ridsdel.
The bandit group initially asked for P1-billion ransom for their kidnap victims.
Hall and Ridsdel along with Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad and Filipina Maritess Flor, were abducted by the ASG last September 21, 2015 from the Oceanview resort on Samal Island in Davao del Sur in southern Mindanao.
The director of the PNP Crime Laboratory Service, Chief Supt. Emmanuel Aranas, told a news briefing in Camp Crame in Quezon City on Tuesday that Hall’s severed head was positively identified after a tissue sample from it matched tissue samples provided by the Canadian government.
“The DNA samples of the recovered head on June 14 matched the DNA profile of Hall submitted by the forensics laboratory of Canada,” Aranas said.