The murder of Canadian citizen, John Ridsdel by Islamic Militant Group, Abu Sayyaf in the south of the country has appalled the President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines.
Ridsdel was beheaded by Islamist militant group, Abu Sayyaf after they had taken him hostage in September, along with three others.
Aquino added there was an opportunity to “smash” the group, which had allegedly plotted to kidnap members of his family as well as Filipino boxing legend, Manny Pacquiao or his relatives.
President Benigno Aquino said, “Our reports tell us that the captives are under the control of leader Raddulan Sahiron, who has consolidated his forces around himself and the captives”.
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He added that, “This presents both a problem and an opportunity. It is a problem because of the sizable force surrounding Sahiron and the captives but it is also an opportunity because smashing these forces is within our grasp”. Sahiron became the overall leader of Abu Sayyaf in 2005.
Aquino said, “Even as it poses as a group of Islamic freedom fighters, Abu Sayyaf has behaved as criminals focused on enriching themselves by taking hostages for ransom”.