UPDATE Security forces confirm beheading of Canadian hostage

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Military and police authorities confirmed Tuesday that Canadian John Ridsel, one of the four hostages taken by the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits on Sept. 21, 2015 in Samal, Davao Del Norte, was beheaded by his captors.

“We extend our sympathy and condolences to the Canadian government and to the family of Mr. John Ridsdel who died in the hands of the ASG bandits,” the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine National Police said in a joint statement forwarded by AFP spokesman Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla.

The rebels earlier demanded a P1 billion ransom from the families of each of the three foreign captives and threatened to kill them if ransom is not paid.

The ASG earlier set an April 8 deadline for the payment of ransom but this was moved to April 25.


The rebel group is still holding Canadian Robert Hall, Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingtad and Filipina Marites Flor, Hall’s girlfriend.

Padilla said security forces will continue to pursue the bandits.

“There will be no let up in the determined efforts of the joint AFP-PNP task group’s intensive military and law enforcement operations to neutralize these lawless elements and thwart further threats to peace and security. The full force of the law will be used to bring these criminals to justice,” he said.

President Benigno Aquino 3rd earlier directed acting AFP chief Glorioso Miranda and PNP head Ricardo Marquez to rescue of the hostages.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned the brutal killing of Ridsdel.

“This was an act of cold-blooded murder and responsibility rests squarely with the terrorist group who took him hostage,” he said.

“The Government of Canada is committed to working with the Government of Philippines and international partners to pursue those responsible for this heinous act and bring them to justice,” Trudeau added.
Military and police authorities confirmed Tuesday that Canadian John Ridsel, one of the four hostages taken by the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits on Sept. 21, 2015 in Samal, Davao Del Norte, was beheaded by his captors.

“We extend our sympathy and condolences to the Canadian government and to the family of Mr. John Ridsdel who died in the hands of the ASG bandits,” the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine National Police said in a joint statement forwarded by AFP spokesman Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla.

The rebels earlier demanded a P1 billion ransom from the families of each of the three foreign captives and threatened to kill them if ransom is not paid.

The ASG earlier set an April 8 deadline for the payment of ransom but this was moved to April 25.

The rebel group is still holding Canadian Robert Hall, Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingtad and Filipina Marites Flor, Hall’s girlfriend.

Padilla said security forces will continue to pursue the bandits.

“There will be no let up in the determined efforts of the joint AFP-PNP task group’s intensive military and law enforcement operations to neutralize these lawless elements and thwart further threats to peace and security. The full force of the law will be used to bring these criminals to justice,” he said.

President Benigno Aquino 3rd earlier directed acting AFP chief Glorioso Miranda and PNP head Ricardo Marquez to rescue of the hostages.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned the brutal killing of Ridsdel.

“This was an act of cold-blooded murder and responsibility rests squarely with the terrorist group who took him hostage,” he said.

“The Government of Canada is committed to working with the Government of Philippines and international partners to pursue those responsible for this heinous act and bring them to justice,” Trudeau added. PNA WITH MIKEE DELIZO

The Department of Foreign Affairs also strongly condemned the beheading of the Canadian.

“The DFA condemns this cruel and inhuman
act perpetrated by the Abu Sayyaf group, and reiterates its strong resolve to oppose terrorism in all of its forms,” the department said in a statement.PNA WITH MIKEE DELIZO

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  1. Allen llamar on

    That was 8 months ago, what a pathetic AFP bunch of useless, go ahead say something any pinoy military officer. You all just good in marching.

  2. puro tayo condemnation eh hindi pa tapusin mga yan. Asan ang kapartner ni AbNoy sa peace process na MILF? Imposible na wala silang magawa at maitutulong kung ganun. Dapat sa hanay nila magumpisa na kalusin ang mga abusado, mamamatay-tao na mga Abu Sayaf na yan. Kilala nila mga yan…. ayaw lang nila kumilos para me baraha pa sila sa BBL…..ano say mo Iqbar?