The three captives of the Abu Sayyaf shout for rescue as their 3 p.m. deadline expired today.
They are calling on the government of the Philippines, Norway, and Canada to aid their liberation from the Abu Sayyaf.
“My condition is pretty bad. We have been starved, our sleep is deprived and they threaten to beat me,” Canadian Robert Hall told the media.
Hall has been hopelessly beseeching for the urgent intervention of the Philippine government.
“To the Philippine government, please get us all out of here. We hope the Philippine government will do all to get us all out here, do what they can to get us out of here,” Hall said.
Hall said knows their lives might be ended today.
“Please get us out of here if (President-elect Rodrigo) Duterte wants to help us, help us to get out of here,” Hall said.
“Andito kami sa kalagayan na hindi namin ginusto. Hindi namin alam kung ano ang plano ni Lord, sana maligtas kami,” Flor, the Filipina captive, said.
(We are in a situation we do not want to be in. We do not know the plan of the Lord but I hope we would be rescued.)
“Gusto ko po sana tulungan kami na mapaalis ngayon ito. Ayaw namin mangyari ulit ang nangyari kay (John) Ridsdel,” she said, referring to another captive who was beheaded in April.
(I hope we would be aided to be liberated today. We do not want to have the same faith as Ridsdel fate)
Flor said that their captors are beating them and that she has not talked to her family yet.
“Sana po hingi ako tulong kay Duterte. Tulungan kami. Nahihirapan kami araw-araw. Ako ang nakakintindi at marinig mo yung plano nila na putulan ka ng ulo,” Flor said.
(I am pleading for Duterte’s help. Please help us. We struggle every single day. I am the one who understands what they are saying and I could hear their plan of beheading us.)
Abu Raami, spokesperson of the captors, announced that the 3 p.m. deadline is final and that they will be executed if the government does not give the million-worth ransom.