Bishop condemns Abu Sayyaf beheading of teen hostage

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MANILA, Aug. 27, 2016— A Catholic bishop mourned an 18-year old male hostage beheaded by the Abu Sayyaf, calling them a terrorist group “that must be destroyed.”

“My heart bleeds upon learning the beheading of the boy,” said Bishop Martin Jumoad of Isabela in Basilan.

“Destroy means dismantle them and apprehend them. If they fight, then the military must protect their lives too,” he said.

The prelate made the statement a day after authorities confirmed the beheading of the hostage in Indanan, Sulu because the bandits failed to get Php 1 million ransom from the boy’s family.

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier this month ordered soldiers to eliminate the Abu Sayyaf, a group notorious for ransom kidnapping and other atrocities.

On Friday, Duterte has ordered the deployment of more troops to pursue the bandit group.

“Since 1990 until now, the government has not eliminated the Abu Sayyaf,” said the prelate.

“The bandits are just laughing at the order of the president. I hope the order of President Duterte will be executed by the military,” he said. (CBCPNews) 

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