Abu Sayyaf bandits who beheaded Canadian threaten to kill Aquino
Members of the bandit Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) who beheaded Canadian John Ridsdel last week threatened to kill President Benigno Aquino III.
In a 52-second video of Ridsdel’s beheading which is circulating online, an ASG member addressed Aquino and threatened to cut his head off if they meet before proceeding to kill the Canadian.
“Noynoy Aquino, tignan mo kung hindi mo binibigay ‘yung ransom namin, puputulan ko ng ulo ‘yung Canadian. Pati ikaw kung mahuli kita puputulan din kita,” the man said in the video.
(Noynoy Aquino, watch this; if you will not give us the ransom, we will cut this Canadian’s head off. You too, if I find you, I’ll cut your head off.)
The authenticity of the video, which was posted on www.zerocensorship.com, was not verified.
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The ASG members were uttering the phrase “Allah Hu Akbar” (Allah the greatest) as they beheaded Ridsdel, who was seen shouting in pain, with a knife.
A male decapitated body found in Sulu province was turned over to Marine Battalion Landing Team on April 27, days after Risdel’s beheading. The Canadian’s severed head was found in a yellow sack near a police station inside the municipal hall premises in Jolo last April 25.
A P20-million ransom had been raised for delivery to the Abu Sayyaf captors on the day Ridsdel was beheaded. The ASG initially demanded P1 billion for each of the four kidnap victims for an April 8 deadline, but later reduced the ransom to P300 million each due April 25.
Risdel’s companions—fellow Canadian Robert Hall, Norweigian Kjartan Sekkingstad and Filipino Maritess Flor—remain captives of the bandit group. They were kidnapped at a marina on Samal Island in September last year.
The ASG released a video of the remaining hostages pleading to the Canadian and Philippine governments to meet the militant groups’ demands.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who first broke the news of the beheading, said his country will not pay ransoms for the release of its citizens following Ridsdel’s gruesome killing.
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Aquino previously revealed terrorist plot to kidnap his sister Kris and boxing icon Manny Pacquiao. CDG
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