Vietnam’s embassy in Manila condemned on Thursday the beheading of two Vietnamese kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf Group late last year.
The embassy said in a statement that it is working closely with Philippine authorities to verify that the two decapitated individuals were indeed the crew members of MV Royal 16.
The military found the bodies of Hoang Thong and Hoang Va Hai in Barangay Tumahubong, Sumisip, Basilan early Wednesday.
Abu Sayyaf bandits kidnapped the two in November 2016 on the waters southeast of Sibago Island in Basilan.
“Vietnam strongly condemns all acts of kidnapping, and barbaric and inhumane killings. We hold that these acts must be properly punished,” the embassy said.