Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City — It is a mournful day for all peace loving and God-fearing citizens of the Philippines.
We have finally received information from reliable sources confirming that Mr. Juergen Gustav Kantner was mercilessly and inhumanly murdered by the evil kidnap-for-ransom Abu Sayyaf Group.
Our operations in the past several days and nights using all our resources were unrelenting. We lost some of our best men in the process, because we value the life of Mr. Kantner and that of the others who have fallen prey to this terrorist group.
The deaths of hapless civilians like Mr. Kantner in the hands of these terrorists feed the resolve of our soldiers to hunt down all the perpetrators and bring them to the bar of justice.
We express our heartfelt sympathies and condole sincerely with his family for their loss.
The AFP condemns in the strongest terms this abominable act of ruthlessness, loathe, and greed of this evil terrorist Group.
We commit to relentlessly pursue the ongoing all-out offensives to neutralize the perpetrators of this dastardly crime.
There will be no let-up in our operations until we have rescued all the remaining kidnap victims and we have negated the Abu Sayyaf’s capability to continue to fight government and perpetrate their terrorist activities.
AFP units will continue to search for the remains of the Mr. Kantner to be handed to his bereaved family and to afford him decent burial he deserves.