Manila (dpa) – A German man held captive by extremist militants in the southern Philippines said Wednesday his captors have dug a grave for him in preparation for his execution if ransom was not paid, according to a radio interview.
The man, aged 74, said the Abu Sayyaf militants pushed him into a hole 1.5 metres wide and three metres deep that they dug in the jungles on Jolo Island, 1,000 kilometres south of Manila.
“I am sitting here in a hole, a deep hole,” he told DXRZ, a radio station in nearby Zamboanga City.
“They told me this is my grave.
They pushed me inside this hole and I am sitting here with 10 men (around it) since last night.”
The man said he has been separated from his wife, a 55-year-old German woman, since Monday.
The couple were abducted in April while sailing from the western province of Palawan to Malaysia.
The Abu Sayyaf has demanded 250 million pesos ($5.6 million) in ransom and for Germany to withdraw its support for the US attacks against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.
A spokesman said the militants would behead one of the two hostages on October 17, at 3pm (0700 GMT) if the demands were not met.
“The Abu Sayyaf has repeated their demands,” the German man said.
“They wish to get the money. They want the Philippine government to withdraw the troops.”