Abu Sayyaf beheads kidnap victim – military

MANILA, Philippines – The military said late Wednesday, August 24, that a kidnap victim was beheaded, reportedly by the Abu Sayyaf.

A GMA News report cited Major Filemon Tan, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Western Mindanao Command spokesman, who said the decapitated head of Patrick Almodovar was found at around 7:30 pm in Barangy Kajatian, Indanan in Sulu province.

Tan also said the head "was wrapped in a plastic bag and was left behind by 3 men onboard a motorcycle."

The recovered head is currently being processed and investigated by Scene of the Crime Operatives as well as the Indanan town police.

Upon hearing about the beheading, President Rodrigo Duterte repeated his order to the military to wipe out the Abu Sayyaf.

“My orders to the police and armed forces against enemies of the state: seek them out in their lairs and destroy them,” said Duterte during an early morning press conference on Thursday, August 25, in Davao City. – Rappler.com