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Duterte mum on beheading of ASG hostage - CNN Philippines

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Davao City (CNN Philippines) — President-elect-Rodrigo Duterte remained tight-lipped on the recent beheading of one of the hostages of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG).


Although the government announced on Monday that the ASG beheaded Canadian hostage Robert Hall, authorities were still verifying if it was his severed head that was found in Jolo, Sulu Monday night.

Related: AFP: Severed head believed to be ASG hostage found in Jolo

Related: PH gov't condemns ‘brutal and senseless’ murder of ASG hostage

Duterte’s spokesperson Sal Panelo on Tuesday said the beheading was still the "problem" of the current administration.

But Panelo assured the public that, as soon as Duterte assumes the presidency, no illegal or criminal activity would be tolerated.

"Sa ngayon, problema ['yan] ng administrasyon. But the minute he assumes the presidency, I'm sure there will be swift and fast reaction on the situation. Walang kaduda-duda 'yun," Panelo said.

[Translation: "Right now, that's the problem of the administration. But the minute he assumes the presidency, I'm sure there will be swift and fast reaction to the situation. There is no doubt about that."]

However, the incoming presidential spokesperson admitted he was not aware of any comprehensive plan the Duterte administration had in addressing the kidnappings of the ASG

Panelo claimed that Duterte has always been against paying ransom but would be willing to engage in back-door negotiation with hostage takers.

"Ang style niya noong mayor pa siya, 'pag may kidnapping, he does the back-door negotiation and suddenly na-re-release [ang] mga tao," Panelo said.

[Translation: "His style when he was still mayor was that when there was a kidnapping, he does the back-door negotiation and suddenly hostages are released."]


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