Muslim terror group Abu Sayyaf moves beheading deadline for Canadian hostages to April 25, in fresh video

Two Canadians, a Norwegian and a Filipina whom a small, but brutal, group of Islamist militants in the Philippines had threatened to execute on April 8 are still alive.

In a two-minute video posted on Friday (April 15) and seen by The Straits Times, the hostages could be seen asking their governments to pay 900 million pesos (S$26.5 million) by 3pm on April 25.

“We were told that this is the absolute, final warning… (This is) our final urgent appeal to the governments of the Philippines and to our Canadian families. If 300 million (pesos) is not paid for me, they will behead me,” Mr John Ridsdell, 68, said in the video, as a large knife was held across his neck.

His fellow Canadian, Mr Robert Hall, 50, also appealed to the Canadian and Philippine governments to pay 300 million pesos for his safe release.

  • Maurixio Garciasanchez

    When the government is going do something for them and where their relatives are they cant speak up here in Canada , they have to do something before is too late .

    • I don’t know that they have even tried.

      • Maurixio Garciasanchez

        Nop but my question is where their relatives are here , since they were kidnapped their families are in silence , why is that ?

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    Sorry, but a sixty eight year old man too stupid to know that he was travelling in an Islamic hellhole is not worth years of my labour.
    When they realize that he is worthless they will either kill him or let him go.
    And I don’t fucking care.

    • Who knew that the Philippines was an “Islamic hellhole”? Last time I checked it was predominantly Catholic.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        Just look around for muslims in the Phillippines.
        It’s a real problem.

      • Gary

        The STAR and CBC sure were quick to demand that dual citizen egyptian get released because this anti-israel “journalist” dusted of his canadian passport while Harper was the PM and Ellin Bessner demanded Harper rescue him .
        We’ll swap them for Omar Khadr and Maher Arar the globe trotting closet jihadists. Actually Omar boasts of being a terrorist while he fingered Arar being in the Al qaeda training camp when Arar denied any ties to jihadists while on the CBC.

      • John

        It is 95% Christian. There is a restive Muslim minority in the south of the country that predates the arrival of The Spanish. That the Philippines became overwhelmingly Christian/Catholic really, REALLY pisses them off.

        They feel they’ve been zoomed.

    • Maurixio Garciasanchez

      The Philippines is catholic nation with a Muslim minorities same like the EU.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        That’s not an argument it’s a confirmation.

        • So we shouldn’t travel to places where Muslims are the minority and don’t make the laws. Gotcha.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Black people are a minority in the United States and inner city Detroit, Baltimore, Chicago and others are very nice places to visit, too.

          • I intend to travel this year — possibly a permanent move, and the area I’m going is notorious. Sometimes you can’t know what specific places to avoid until you’re on the ground and get the “straight dope” from the locals. It’s always worked for me in the past, even in war zones. But I might make a mistake — I’m getting older.

            Would I expect Canada to rescue me? Hardly. But I would hope people would be praying.

  • Canadian Airborne? Oops, I forgot — they were disbanded in 1995 because those boys were too rough. And we wouldn’t want some really rough and tough paratroopers out there, who could be dropped anywhere in the world in a surprise attack and whip these skinny little Filipino cowards.

    Besides, after they cut off the Canadians’ heads I heard that Justin is going to offer them refugee status (he doesn’t want them captured and tortured by the Philippine Government).

    • Minicapt

      … Special Operations Regiment, on a jungle live-fire exercise …


      • Sounds like a plan. Justin will insist the Human Rights Commission accompany them. Although accidents DO occur in the jungle.

        “Canadian Hostages in Philippines freed by Special Ops; ‘Human Rights Commission lost in jungle’, Ops Commander says”

    • Alain

      For the offer of refugee status they must wait until short-pants finishes taking selfies.

  • eMan14

    Has Trulander even commented about this?