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ARMM guv condemns beheading of Canadian captive in Sulu

 • 20:11 PM Tue Apr 26, 2016
Edwin O. Fernandez

COTABATO CITY – Regional Gov. Mujiv Hataman of the
Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) today condemned the killing of
Canadian kidnap victim John Ridsdel by suspected terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group in Sulu.

This is an act against humanity,” Hataman said in a statement
released here.

As a nation, we have to rise against this horrendous act of
terrorism. Our faith and our humanity demand that we collectively and strongly
condemn this act of terrorism,” he added.

Hataman said the beheading was tragic and as peace-loving
Muslims of Mindanao, as Filipinos tired of senseless deaths and violence, we
stand against this.”

He also condoled with the family of Ridsdel. Our thoughts are
with you in this dark moment of sorrow and grief,” he said.

Like you, we also hope that the reign of terror on the island
provinces of Mindanao will face its end the soonest as we pray that justice is
done,” Hataman said.

Police and military officials recovered Monday night the severed
head of Ridsdel, one of four hostages seized ASG on Samal Island last September
has been beheaded by the militant group.

Police reported that two men riding tandem on a motorbike were
seen by witnesses throwing a plastic bag containing the head on Marina Street,
Barangay Walled City, Jolo at past 7 p.m.

Ridsdel along with fellow Canadian Robert Hall, Norwegian Kjartan
Sekkingstad and Flipina Marites Tess Flor were kidnapped on Samal
Island in September 2015.

The bandits uploaded a video of the victims, warning the
government they will be beheaded if the P300-million ransom demand for each
hostage remained ignored by April 25.

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