MANILA (dpa) – The Philippines will not negotiate with militants demanding more than $5 million in ransom for two German hostages despite reported threats that they would behead one of the captives, officials said Thursday.
“We do not negotiate with terrorists,” Defence Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said. “We will not be intimidated by these gestures and actions. We will continue to contain them.”
Photographs which showed the hostages, aged 71 and 55, surrounded by hooded armed militants, including one holding a machete, were circulated on Twitter on Wednesday.
The militants threatened to behead one of the hostages unless a ransom of 250 million pesos ($5.6 million) was paid and Germany stopped its support for the US-led attacks against Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria.
A photo released on Sept 24 by US-based SITE shows the two German hostages kidnapped by the Philippine militant group Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines. Germany said on Sept 24 it would not withdraw support for US action against extremists in Iraq and Syria following a reported ultimatum from Philippine militants threatening to kill a German hostage – AFP