- There were unconfirmed reports that German hostage Juergen Kantner has been beheaded by the ASG on Sunday
- ASG earlier gave its self-imposed deadline to kill Kantner if the P30-M ransom demand is not met
- But the AFP said they are still in the process of confirming such report
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine military is still validating reports that the German hostage, Juergen Kantner, has been beheaded by the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) on Sunday, February 26.
Early this month, the ASG released a video threatening to execute Kantner if their P30-M ransom demand for his freedom is not met. The terrorist group gave its self-imposed deadline to be on February 26, 3:00 pm.
On Sunday, there were unconfirmed reports that the German national was beheaded around 3:30 pm at Barangay Buanza, Indanan, Sulu by a group led by Muamar Askali, alias Abu Ram.
However, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said they are still validating this report, even as their ground units continue with its search and rescue operation in an attempt to save Kantner.
“There was an unconfirmed report that the German kidnap victim Mr. Kantner was beheaded by the ASG. But we are still validating this report,” said AFP Public Affairs Office Col. Edgar Arevalo in a statement.
“Let us continue to pray that your AFP will be able to rescue the kidnap victims,” the military official said.
Likewise, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Secretary Jesus Dureza admitted that the government is still waiting for the official confirmation of said report.
For his part, AFP spokesperson Brig Gen. Restituto Padilla appealed to the public not to readily believe the unconfirmed information, until sufficient proof is obtained to support it.
“Do not believe unvalidated information going around until proven otherwise,” Padilla said.