Hostages executed after identifying ASG

The Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) executed five hostages who were taken from a Sabah resort early October after the victims recognized their captors, a surviving hostage told the military Tuesday.

Lt. Gen. Rodolfo Garcia, vice chief-of-staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, said Nonoy Argocen (not Alcusin as earlier reported), a 19-year-old Malaysian, said his five companions were executed because they recognized their kidnapper as Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) leader Ghalib Andang, a.k.a. Kumander Robot.

Argocen, whose mother is a Filipino, told the military that the bandits decided to execute the captives after the management of Borneo Beach Resort and the Malaysian government refused to pay the RM5 million (P72.85 million) ransom demand.

Argocen identified the victims as his father, Arzad Argocen, a Malaysian, and his mother, Amay. The other victims were identified as Asara Saraban, a Filipino, and two Indonesians who were identified only as Amir and Gito.

Argocen said they were taken from Borneo Beach Resort around 10 p.m. on October 2 by what he described as an "elite force of Malaysian marines" who later turned over the hostages to Andang.

Garcia said Argocen's five companions were "mercilessly shot by an armed group that held them in Tawi-Tawi."

Argocen was recovered 11 p.m. on Monday after he ran away from the kidnappers, Garcia told ABS-CBN News.

David Santos, ABS-CBN Zamboanga/ ABS-CBN News Channel with Reuters

28/10/2003

Bron : ABS-CBN

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