The Philippine government has refused demands from militants to negotiate for the release of several hostages.
A video posted to YouTube (since removed) showed two Canadian men, a Norwegian man, and one Filipino woman who were abducted from the Oceanview resort near the southern island of Mindanao on September 21.
The three foreign hostages pleaded with the Philippine government to cease military operations on the island of Jolo and negotiate for their release, a demand echoed by one of their captors moments later.
However, the Philippine army has rejected the kidnappers’ demands. “There is no negotiation that can be made with any of those who are perpetrating this crime,” said military spokesman Colonel Restituto Padila.
Though the kidnappers did not identify themselves, Jolo is a known stronghold of al-Qaeda linked Islamist group, Abu Sayyaf (ASG).
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Top image of the Philippines hostages taken from the militants’ video (since removed from YouTube).