Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada does not and will not pay ransom for the freedom of the remaining kidnapped victims by the Abu Sayyaf Group in Sulu.
"I do ... want to make one thing perfectly, crystal clear: Canada does not and will not pay ransom to terrorists, directly or indirectly," Trudeau said.
Trudeau pointed out two important factors as to why they have come up with the decision. "First of all, obviously this is a significant source of funds for terrorist organizations that then allows them to continue to perpetuate deadly acts of violence against innocents around the world. But more importantly, paying ransom, for Canadians, would endanger the lives of every single one of the millions of Canadians who live, work and travel around the globe every single year," he said.
Trudeau further said that they will have the suspects captured and persecuted under the rules of the law. He also said that he is talking with Philippine authorities to ensure the safety of another Canadian captive Robert Hall and two other victims.
The prime minister disclosed that he also had a direct communication with British Prime Minister David Cameron through and have come to agreement in terms of helping each other and asking other nations to do the same to resolve the issue and address terrorism.
“We agreed that it is something we are going to make sure we do bring up with our friends and allies around the world as we come to grips with the fact that the world is a dangerous place,” Trudeau said. “We need to make sure that terrorists understand that they cannot continue to fund their crimes and their violence from taking innocents hostage,” he added.
It was in September of last year when Ridsdel, together with Hall, Marites Flor, and Norwegian manager Kjartan Sekkingstad were kidnapped while yachting in a marina around Samal Island.