German hostage appeals for help as the Abu Sayyaf threatens to execute him

• The German captive of the Abu Sayyaf appealed for help
• The bandit group threatened to behead Jurgen Kantner if no ransom is paid for his liberty
• The Abu Sayyaf said Kantner will be executed at 3 p.m. on February 26 if their demand is not met

The German hostage of the terrorist group Abu Sayyaf urged authorities to heed the demand of his captors to prevent them from executing him this month.

On a video it published online, the Abu Sayyaf set 3 p.m. on February 26 as the ultimatum for the payment of P30-million ransom they are demanding in exchange for Jurgen Kantner’s liberty or else he will be beheaded.

“The pirates, they are giving me a last chance, that they get P30 million. If the money is not in the hands of the pirates at this time, they will behead me,” Kantner, who was shown in the video being surrounded by four bandits armed with high-powered firearms and bladed weapons, appealed to the German and Philippine governments for support.

According to Inquirer, the military has yet to validate the authenticity of the video, but emphasized that the government has a no-ransom policy. Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs office chief Colonel Edgard Arevalo said the military will do its best to rescue Kantner.

“We will exert all efforts to rescue him, especially now that we have a continuing operation against the Abu Sayyaf Group. Our operations have been yielding good outcomes. We are still positive that we will be able to rescue him,” he said.

“We discourage payment of ransom because we believe it continues to embolden them. It continues to capacitate them. They can even buy the loyalty of the community,” he added.