Military forces search for Sayyaf hostages
COTABATO CITY - Troops continue to search for at least 10 foreigners being held by the Abu Sayyaf in southern Philippines.
The notorious group is still holding 7 Indonesians, a Dutch man, a Norwegian and a Japanese man, including 3 Filipinos in Sulu province.
Just this month, government soldiers dug up the body of Canadian hostage Robert Hall - who was beheaded by the Abu Sayyaf - in a shallow grave in the village of Kamuntayan in Talipao town.
Hall was kidnapped along with fellow Canadian John Ridsdel and Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad and Filipina Maritess Flor on a resort in Samal Island in Davao del Norte province and brought to Sulu.
His head was recovered in Jolo town on June 13 the day the Abu Sayyaf decapitated him for failing to raise P300 million ransom.
Ridsdel was also beheaded after his family failed to pay P300 million ransom to the Abu Sayyaf which pledged allegiance with the Islamic State, while Flor had been released following a series of negotiations by former Sulu Vice Governor Sakur Tan on orders from President Rodrigo Duterte.