Min­ers con­demn killing of Cana­dian hostage

Business Mirror - - NEWS - By Jonathan L. Mayuga @jonl­mayuga

THE Cham­ber of Mines of the Philip­pines (COMP) on Fri­day con­demned the killing of John Rids­del by the Abu Sayyaf and de­manded that the gov­ern­ment bring the per­pe­tra­tors to swift and heavy jus­tice.

“We are dev­as­tated by his sense­less and grisly death at the hands of the Abu Sayyaf. John did not de­serve such fate,” the state­ment said.

The state­ment came as the Armed Forces mounted an all- out- of­fen­sive against the ban­dit group on or­ders of Pres­i­dent Aquino, whose term ends in less than two months.

Rids­del was be­headed by Abu Sayyaf ban­dits, who de­manded ran­som for his and three other kid­nap vic­tims’ s re­lease.

The in­ci­dent is con­sid­ered a big blow to the gov­ern­ment’s cam­paign against law­less groups.

In a state­ment, COMP said Rids­del was well- aware of the dan­gers he faced in the Philip­pines hav­ing been in­volved in a min­ing op­er­a­tion in Zam­boanga del Norte for many years as a con­sul­tant for a lo­cal min­ing com­pany.

“De­spite know­ing the dan­ger, Rids­del’s love for the Philip­pines prompted him to stay and re­tire in the coun­try ap­pre­ci­at­ing its in­nate beauty and be­liev­ing in its peo­ple. “It is un­for­tu­nate, for all that John had given, he only en­coun­tered the dark­est of what we have,” COMP added.

The group said Rids­del’s mur­der must serve as a wakeup call for ev­ery­one and reawak­ens the com­mit­ment to help en­sure peace and pros­per­ity in Min­danao and the coun­try as a whole.

“We con­dole with John’s fam­ily in this time of in­de­scrib­able grief. And we are one with all coun­tries in con­demn­ing ter­ror­ism and will con­tinue to raise our voices against acts that im­pede on our free­dom and our divine right to life,” the state­ment said.

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