The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) strongly discouraged the Philippine and German authorities to pay the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) a P30 million ransom demand for the release of its German hostage.
In a video that spread in the internet, Jurgen Kantner warned his government that the bandit group will kill him if ransom is not paid before February 26.
AFP Public Affairs Office Chief Col. Edgard Arevalo explained yesterday that the payment of the ransom will give the ASG more funds to buy the loyalty of the communities they are hiding in.
Arevalo said that they are still confirming the authenticity of the video and assured to exert all their efforts to rescue Kantner.
“We now have continuing operation against the ASG which has been yielding good outcomes, so we are still positive that we will be able to rescue him,” Arevalo added.
Kantner was abducted by ASG on November 7 in Tanjung Pisut, Tawi-tawi while his female companion, Sabine Mertz was allegedly raped and killed by bandits.
Under President Rodrigo Duterte administration, the ASG has beheaded two Canadian hostages after the ransom was not granted.