The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the military, and police have extended sympathies to the family of Canadian John Ridsdel, who was beheaded in Sulu.
“We join you in grieving for the lives lost in this senseless act of violence,” the DFA said in its statement.
“We support our brave men in uniform – some of whom have sacrificed life and limb – who remain relentless in rescuing the remaining hostages and bringing these nefarious elements to justice.”
Ridsdel, a former mining executive, was captured by Islamist militants along with two other foreigners and a Filipina in September last year while having a vacation in Samal Island.
A severed head was then found in Jolo, Sulu Monday, hours after the deadline for ransom set by the militants expired.
Government agencies also condemned the Abu Sayyaf’s actions, calling it cruel and inhuman.
The joint statement by the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine National Police, meanwhile, assured the victim’s family and Canada there will be no letup in their efforts to bring those responsible to justice. – Reports from ANC’s Dateline Philippines