An Islamist terrorist group beheaded Canadian John Ridsdel, a death confirmed by police after a grisly find in Southern Philippines this week.
Ridsdel, a former mining executive and journalist, was one of four being held hostage by Abu Sayyaf. They were kidnapped during a raid at the Holiday Ocean View marina on September 21, 2015. Another Canadian, Robert Hall, remains a hostage.
Terrorists demanded $8.1 milliuon in pesos by 3 a.m. Monday, a ransom that went unpaid. Later that day, police discovered a plastic bag containing Ridsdel’s head on the street in Jolo City.
The Canadian government observes a policy that does not include paying ransom to terrorists or kidnappers.
In response to the tragedy, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told media Monday that he was “outraged by the news that a Canadian citizen, held hostage in the Philippines since Sept. 21, 2015, has been killed at the hands of his captors. Canada condemns without reservation the brutality of the hostage takers and this unnecessary death.”
“The government of Canada is committed to working with the government of Philippines and international partners to pursue those responsible for this heinous act and to bring them to justice.”
Critics of the Liberal Government argue that Trudeau didn’t do enough to secure the release of Ridsdel and Hall.