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Duterte apologizes for death of German hostage: 'We failed'

Feb 28, 2017 - 6:52 PM

We really tried our best says President Rodrigo Duterte following the execution of German hostage Juergen Kantner after the ransom demand of the Abu Sayyaf Group was not met

'WE HAVE FAILED.' President Duterte apologizes for the beheading of German Juergen Kantner by the Abu Sayyaf. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

DFA condemns beheading of Abu Sayyaf's German hostage

Feb 28, 2017 - 11:01 AM

We stand in solidarity with Germany as it grieves for the tragic loss of one of its sons to a senseless act of violence the Department of Foreign Affairs says

BEHEADING CONDEMNED. The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs says it stands 'in solidarity with Germany' after the beheading of German hostage Juergen Gustav Kantner in the hands of the Abu Sayyaf. File photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Abu Sayyaf beheads German hostage

Feb 27, 2017 - 6:30 PM

UPDATED The Philippine military confirms the beheading of Juergen Kantner the 3rd foreigner to be beheaded in the last 10 months

ABDUCTED. German nationals Juerguen Kantner and his wife Sabine Merz (R) pose for a photograph on May 5, 2009 in Berbera. File photo by Mustafa Abdi/AFP

Rescue of Abu Sayyaf hostages continues amid beheading reports

Feb 26, 2017 - 10:30 PM

Chief presidential peace adviser Secretary Jesus Dureza receives a report that the local terrorist group has beheaded its German hostage but he says this is still unverified information

ABDUCTED. German nationals Juergen Kantner and his wife Sabine Merz (R) pose for a photograph on May 5, 2009 in Berbera. File photo by Mustafa Abdi/AFP

Abu Sayyaf threatens to kill German hostage

Feb 14, 2017 - 5:56 PM

UPDATED The Abu Sayyaf Group is reportedly asking for P30 million in ransom based on a video

ABDUCTED. German nationals Jurgen Kantner and his wife Sabine Merz (R) pose for a photograph on May 5, 2009 in Berbera. File photo by Mustafa Abdi/AFP

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Abu Sayyaf kidnaps German, kills female companion – report

Nov 07, 2016 - 11:31 AM

Reports show the body of the German s female companion was found in Sulu Sunday morning

AFP chief to Sulu: Sorry for 'secretive' release of Germans

Oct 25, 2014 - 7:00 AM

The apology comes after Sulu officials complained that they were kept in the dark on the release of two German hostages held by the Abu Sayyaf Group

APOLOGY: Military chief General Gregorio Catapang Jr apologized for the 'misunderstanding' in the release of German hostages. Photo from Sulu Capitol

Aquino: Expect suppression of Abu Sayyaf in 'following days'

Oct 22, 2014 - 4:08 PM

But President Benigno Aquino III skirts the question on the payment of ransom money to release two German hostages: Other governments if they [negotiate with terrorist] it’s not our call

FREE: German hostages Stefan Viktor Okonek and Henrike Dielen with police and military commanders

Aquino: Ransom for German hostages not from Malacañang

Oct 20, 2014 - 4:25 PM

President Benigno Aquino III says the government will pursue the Abu Sayyaf

FREE: German hostages Stefan Viktor Okonek and Henrike Dielen with police and military commanders

PH gov't maintains 'no ransom' policy amid reports

Oct 18, 2014 - 9:25 AM

UPDATED Malacañang says it is still in the process of determining details of the rescue of the two German hostages who were reportedly released after ransom payment

FREE AT LAST. A handout picture released by the Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command of German nationals Henrike Dielen (C) and Stefan Victor Okonek (L) with military officials on October 18, 2014. Photo by EPA

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Oct 17, 2014 - 7:47 PM

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Deadline lapses, operations vs Abu Sayyaf ongoing

Oct 17, 2014 - 6:45 PM

There is still no word as of this posting on the situation of 71 year old German doctor Stefan Viktor Okonek

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Abu Sayyaf gives 2-hour extension of deadline to authorities

Oct 17, 2014 - 1:36 PM

There are now about 3 000 troops in Sulu according to the military

PRESSURE. The Abu Sayyaf released this photo of German hostage Stefan Viktor Okonek on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, as it stepped up its pressure on the government to yield to its demands.

Sulu Gov orders troops to prepare for operations vs Abu Sayyaf

Oct 16, 2014 - 6:57 PM

The military says it is not cowed by the Abu Sayyaf s threat to behead German hostage Stefan Viktor Okonek

READY: Sulu island commander Colonel Allan Arrojado says the troops are ready to rescue the hostages. Rappler photo

2 days before 'deadline,' Abu Sayyaf steps up pressure on German hostages

Oct 15, 2014 - 10:38 AM

Please do everything to get us here says 71 year old Victor Okonek

PH military deploys K9 tracker dogs to hunt terrorists

Oct 06, 2014 - 4:13 PM

The trained dogs will help locate the German hostages that the terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group has threatened to kill in support of the Islamic State

SEND-OFF: A company of K-9 units line-up for their deployment to Sulu province. Photo from AFP-PAO

Abu Sayyaf's German hostages air appeal to authorities

Sep 29, 2014 - 11:44 AM

I really wish to see my family again and the situation here is very very stressful a hostage says as the Abu Sayyaf threatens to behead one of them

GERMAN HOSTAGES. A frame grab from video released by the Abu Sayyaf, obtained on September 24, 2014, reportedly shows German hostages identified only as Stefan O (kneeling C) and Henrike D (kneeling R) while being held by the Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines. The two have been held captive since April 2014. Screen grab from Aby Sayyaf video/EPA

German hostage freed in Afghanistan

Mar 26, 2013 - 9:47 PM

A German working for an international aid agency has been freed after he was taken hostage by suspected Taliban militants in northeastern Afghanistan