The family of a Canadian man killed by a militant group in the Philippines say they support the Governments decision not to pay a ransom demanded by his captors.
Robert Hall had been held captive by Abu Sayyaf since September of last year and officials in the country confirmed earlier this week that he had been beheaded after a deadline for a ransom payment passed.
A statement issued by the Hall family on Tuesday night read that “our family, even in our darkest hour, agrees wholeheartedly with Canada’s policy of not paying ransom to those who would seek to undermine the fundamental values with which my father lived his life. We stand with the ideals that built this country: strength of character; resilience of spirit; and refusal to succumb to the demands of the wretched, in order to satisfy the bloodlust of the weak.”
His death follows that of fellow Canadian, John Ridsdel in April by the same group.
Both men had been kidnapped by the militants in the country, along with a Norwegian man and Filipino woman.