04 May Abu Sayyaf Released New Video! – Hostages Plead for Government’s Help
On Tuesday, May 3, the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) has released a new video on YouTube showing the 3 remaining captives that have been kidnapped in Samal Island last year.
A week ago, there were 4 of them, John Ridsdel, a Canadian national has been beheaded and never reached freedom from the captors. Now, another fresh video showing threats to both the Philippine and Canadian government have been shown, President Benigno “NoyNoy” Aquino III is on the brink of panic.
In the Video, it is shown that the Norwegian, the Filipina, and the Canadian captives are pleading for anyone they can call for help.
Here’s a transcript of the video:
“My name is Robert Hall. I’m here, as well. To the Philippine government: Please stop shooting at us and trying to kill us. These guys are going to do a good job of that. To the Canadian government, I’m told to tell you to meet the demand. I don’t know what you’re doing, but you’re not doing anything for us. John has been sacrificed, his family has been decimated, and I’m not sure why or what you’re waiting for,” – Robert Hall
“… if the demand is not met we will be executed like our friend John was a few days ago,” Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad said in the video.
Hall’s girlfriend, Marites Flor also added, “I’m appealing to all people, all people here… the situation right now… I’m appealing to the Canadian government, to the Philippine government, to President Benigno Aquino, Please Aquino…”
The video has been shown that they are somewhere under coconut trees, sitting while armed ASG members stand behind them.
The masked captor ended the video with this strong appeal to the government, “The lesson is clear. John Ridsdel has been beheaded. Now there are three remaining captives here. If you procrastinate once again the negotiations, we will behead this all anytime.”
President Aquino already called an all-out-war to neutralize the ASG, but will that suffice the needed support and perform the immediate rescue? Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has already stated that he will not negotiate with the rebels in paying the ransom worth millions of dollars, so as with Aquino who believes that a negotiation with the terrorists is not an option.
The ASG has already released the 10 Indonesian sailors after their company has successfully paid the required ransom of $1 million.
Yet, the ASG still possess 4 Malaysians, 4 Indonesians, and a Dutch Birdwatcher.