Two days after the execution of Canadian national Robert Hall by the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), incumbent President Benigno “PNoy” Aquino III, together with other senior state officers, fly to Sulu on Wednesday.
President Aquino reached Camp Teodulfo Bautista at about 11 a.m.. He is with Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin.
The present president is to lead and conduct a high-level conference with state security forces. There will be a press conference at noon time.
Earlier, the Palace denounced on Tuesday the Hall’s beheading by the bandit group.
“We strongly condemn the brutal and senseless murder of Mr. Robert Hall, a Canadian national, after being held captive by the Abu Sayyaf group in Sulu for the past nine months. We extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to his bereaved family,” Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in a statement.
Abu Raami, the selected spokesman of the Abu Sayyaf, announced via phone that they killed Canadian Robert Hall whose body would be found in Jolo town following the expiration of the 3 p.m. deadline for the payment of the 600 million peso ransom. Hours after, a severed head was found inside a plastic bag in Jolo.
Meanwhile, President-elect Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte kept his mum regarding the issue. His presidential spokesperson gave an explanation as to why he has been silent.
“Sa kanya (Duterte) I think the concern about the Abu Sayyaf should be addressed to the present administration dahil hindi pa naman siya presidente,” Atty. Panelo told the members of the media at the Marco Polo Hotel.
(For him, I think the concern about the Abu Sayyaf should be addressed to the present administration because he is not yet the president.)
Hall, Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad and Filipina Marites Flor are the captives of Abu Sayyaf.