By: Elena Grace Flores
Outgoing President Benigno Aquino III almost resorted to Martial Law for Sulu but dropped the idea – after Abbu Sayyaf beheaded the second Canadian, Robert Hall whom Canada refused to pay ransom because saving one or two can put many Canadians in danger during their travel and was supported by the families of the Canadian hostages.
Security forces will have no telerance anymore when Sulu will be under Martial Law. Aquino made known his decissions after meeting with Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin who was consulting with military commanders dealing with Abu Sayyaf. He mentioned also that an unknown group is still negotiating in favor of Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad’s release who is still on captivity with Marites Flor, a Filipina.
The first Canadian, Ridsel was beheaded last April and Aquino was sorry for both deaths as he spoke with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Learning from past mistakes, he immediately cancelled his itinerary at the Mall of Asia to deal with this matter. Maj. Filemon Tan, spokesman for the military’s Western Mindanao Command, narrated that a decapitated head of a Caucasian male was found in front of a church in Jolo which isperceived to be Hall’s head as it coincides with the execution timing known to the military. Possible efforts are being done by the military to stop the killings which cannot be disclosed for the time being.