GOVERNOR Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm) strongly condemned the killing of Canadian John Ridsdel by the Abu Sayyaf bandits on Monday, April 25. The Abu Sayyaf bandits beheaded Ridsdel on Monday after their ransom demand was not met. The bandits have reportedly demanded ransom for P300 million for the release of the victim. The decapitated head of the victim was recovered late Monday in the village of Walled City, Jolo, Sulu.
Hataman described the killing of Ridsdel by the Abu Sayyaf bandits as an act against humanity. “As a nation, we have to rise against this horrendous act of terrorism. Our faith and our humanity demand that we collectively and strongly condemn this act of terrorism,” Hataman said He said the incident is tragic and “as peace-loving Muslims of Mindanao, as Filipinos tired of senseless deaths and violence, we stand against this.” “With heavy hearts, we express our condolences to the family of Mr. John Ridsdel. Our thoughts are with you in this dark moment of sorrow and grief,” he said. “Like you, we also hope that the reign of terror on the island provinces of Mindanao will face its end the soonest as we pray that justice is done,” he added.
Ridsdel, who is from Calgary, Alberta, was kidnapped along with three others, a fellow Canadian, a Norwegian and a Filipina, on September 21, 2015 at a resort in the Garden City of Samal, Davao del Norte.