From the Inquirer, banner: dateline: Zamboanga City —“The Abu Sayyaf beheaded Canadian hostage Robert Hall to embarrass incoming President Rodrigo Duterte, according to the spokesperson of the notorious bandit group.
“ “Para kay Duterte, ang bagong Presidente, ito ay alamin mo kung ano gagawin namin sa Canadian (This is for Duterte, the new President. This is for you to know what we will do to the Canadian),” Abu Raami, the spokesperson, said on Monday.
“An hour after the phone interview with the Inquirer, Raami announced that the Abu Sayyaf executed Hall because the P600 million it demanded as ransom for his release had not been delivered before the 3 p.m. deadline.
Raami said the beheading was intended for Duterte, the tough-talking mayor of Davao City who is to formally assume the presidency in two weeks after winning in the May 9 elections.
“You promised [Trudeau] that you will get them (hostages) alive and that what happened to Ridsdel will not be repeated,” he said in Filipino. “Let’s see if you will not be embarrassed.”
“Duterte said in a press conference in May in Davao City that he had apologized to Trudeau for Ridsdel’s death. “We will try our very best to see to it that nothing of this nature will happen again,” he recalled telling the Canadian leader.
“The incoming President has not spoken to journalists for almost two weeks since his aides imposed a media policy that his statements would only be coursed through government information networks.
“ “I think the concern about the Abu Sayyaf should be addressed to the present administration because he is not yet the President,” Duterte’s spokesperson, Salvador Panelo, told reporters at the Marco Polo Hotel in Davao City.
“ “What I know is President-elect Duterte will not tolerate or condone the illegality in this country. He will do everything in this power to stop all these … . That’s his commitment, to stop all these cases of criminality,” Panelo added.
“The incoming national security adviser, Hermogenes Esperon, said in Manila that the Duterte administration would “take a stronger action against lawlessness in the South.”
“ “We cannot allow this situation to continue, this should end once and for all,” Esperon told Reuters.”
“Manila — President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesman has expressed confidence that the incoming president, being a “strategic thinker,” will be able to thwart future Abu Sayyaf atrocities such as kidnapping and murder.
When asked about Duterte’s thoughts on the beheading of a second Canadian captive by the Abu Sayyaf, Ernie Abella, who on Monday night was designated as one of the presidential spokespersons, said he has not talked with Duterte about the recent beheading.
“Wala po syang nababangit. Wala po kaming napag-uusapan (He did not say anything. We did not talk about it),” he said in a “meet and greet” with journalists on Tuesday afternoon.
“My personal thoughts, kidnapping and beheading are gruesome things,” he added.
But Abella said the president-elect, being “a very strategic thinker … will be able to do something or take a series of actions that will drastically reduce similar activities.”
Abella was kidnapped in Davao City in 1996. He was freed after paying a “small amount” as board and lodging fee. He said Duterte helped in negotiating for his release 24 hours after he was kidnapped. “
this is my Shatap (Shut up) playlist
Now playing: “The Weight of Gold” by Forest Swords