Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero sent his sympathies to the local Canadian community, while at the same time deplored the brutal beheading of Canadian national John Ridsdel.
“We condole with the local Canadian community and send our deepest prayers to all Canadians, especially to the family and friends of Mr. John Ridsdel. This act of a terrorist group has no place in a civilized Philippines. We condemn each and all acts of terrorism and violence,” Escudero said.
“The Philippines is and will continue to be a welcoming and hospitable destination to all of those who would want to visit us despite the tragedy that fell on Mr. Ridsdel. We understand that agencies of the Philippine government are doing their best to bring to justice all those responsible for this abominable act,” said the independent vice-presidential candidate.
Ridsdel was abducted with three others by the Abu Sayyaf last September while on vacation on Samal Island. His head was left inside a plastic bag along a street in Jolo, Sulu by two unidentified men on board a motorcycle on Monday.
The terror group has demanded a P300-million ransom for each captive or four of them will be executed.
“Terrorism and violence are always unacceptable. We are one and supporting all government efforts in ensuring that these terrorists and lawless elements face the bar of justice. Senseless crimes must not happen at all cost,” Escudero said.