Filipino Hostage Beheaded, Norwegian Still Held Despite Ransom Payment, as Duterte Orders Military to Destroy Abu Sayyaf

President Rodrigo Duterte ordered an all-out assault by the military against the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) after the terror organization beheaded a teenage hostage whose family was unable to pay the ransom demand. He also denounced the group for failing to release Norwegian hostage Kjartan Sekkingstad even though P50-million in ransom money has already been transmitted; he didn’t clarify, however, who paid the amount…

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