Walang magbabayad! Palace: No ransom policy stands amid Abu Sayyaf’s threat to behead 3 foreign hostages
By Prince Golez
Malacanang on Friday remained firm on the government’s policy of not paying ransom for the release of the hostages taken by Abu Sayyaf militants.
Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made the comment after the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) threatened to behead a Malaysian and two Indonesian hostages held captive in Mindanao if ransoms are not paid.
“We are doing our best to secure the release of hostages from the evil hands of the Abu Sayyaf Group but we stand firm on our no ransom policy,” Panelo said in a statement.
Giving in to terrorist demands would embolden them to engage in more abductions and terrorist attacks, he added.
This, according to Panelo, would also allow the terror group to acquire arms and weapons.
“The ASG continues to be on the run as a result of the order of the President to the military to crush them. Our security forces are hunting them in the wild forests of Mindanao to unleash their might and blow them to kingdom come,” the official said.
President Rodrigo Duterte earlier called on Malaysia and Indonesia to “band together” with the Philippines in efforts to fight maritime piracy.
Duterte also ordered the military to “blast off” pirates.
“If there are pirates in our territory or in the high seas, my orders are: Blast them to kingdom come,” he said.