The intelligence community is now conducting investigations to find out the present statuses of the three Samal kidnapping victims who are still under the hands of the Abu Sayyaf as both AFP and PNP forces are clueless.
According to PNP Chief Police Director General Ricardo Marquez, the intelligence community is extending its help in order to find out answers to questions regarding the remaining hostage victims.
AFP PIO Chief Col Noel Detoyato said that the victims were last seen through the video released by the terrorist group. Detoyato further added that focused military operations against the terrorist group are being conducted by the military.
Meanwhile, aside from the three Samal kidnap victims, there are also 14 Indonesians and four Malaysians also being held captive by Abu Sayyaf.
It can be recalled that the Canadian national John Ridsdel, a mining executive from Canada, was beheaded Monday afternoon after the demanded 300 million pesos in ransom in exchange for the life of the said hostage. His head was placed in a plastic bag and thrown on a street in the southern town of Jolo. Canada's president condemned the incident and said: “This was an act of cold-blooded murder and responsibility rests with the terrorist group who took him hostage”.
The four hostages were kidnapped in Samal Island while they were yachting at a marina in the area.
In 2014, a group of foreign citizens were kidnapped and six soldiers were killed in the southern Philippines. As the president of the Philippines, Benigno S. Aquino III promised to wipe the terrorists out.
“We have several battalions,” Pres. Aquino III said. “Those troops had been ordered into “all of these mountain lairs and very heavily wooded jungle and dense areas to precisely deprive them of safe havens.”
However, this was not what happened. The Abu Sayyaf went on kidnapping more foreign citizens. In almost a year and a half, there are a total of at least 19 kidnapped individuals and 18 killed soldiers. This time, it has also gotten the attention of the international community.