Filipino group in Canada calls on Pres-elect Duterte to initiate rescue of Canadian national nabbed by ASG
admin • June 10, 2016 • 3433
Pinoy patriotic movement staged a prayer vigil in support to Canadian national robert hall and the rest of the victims being held captive by the Abu Sayyaf Group in Toronto, Canada on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (UNTV NEWS)
Pinoy Patriotic Movement staged a prayer vigil in Toronto, Canada in support to Canadian national Robert Hall and the rest of the victims being held captive by the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG).
The deadline for the ransom being demanded by the Abu Sayyaf Group in exchange for the release of Canadian national Robert Hall is already on Monday.
Hall is currently with a Filipina and a Norwegian national being held captive by the ASG since they were kidnapped in October 2015.
Thus, the group Pinoy Patriotic Movement in Canada is appealing to President-elect Rodrigo Duterte for the immediate rescue of the victims.
“This is for the kidnapping of the French-Canadian Robert Hall. His life is in danger until June 13. So, we ask the President to act on this. I know that you’re still not the president of the Republic of the Philippines right now but I totally believe on behalf of Pinoy in Canada Patriotic Movement that you can help,” said Joey Abrenilla, a member of the said group.
It can be recalled that in April, the bandits beheaded another Canadian national John Ridsel because the government refused to give ransom money.
Now, the group is demanding P300 million for the release of Hall.
During the G7 Summit, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau maintained to uphold the Canadian government’s no ransom policy for the victims.
“One of the issues that certainly came up was in discussing security and terrorism. Our renewed resolve to ensure that we do not pay ransom to terrorists taking hostages,” Trudeau said.
The group will constantly monitor on the developments of the case until the deadline.
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte reminds the public to heed government protocols for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis even after community quarantine has been relaxed.
On May 16, Metro Manila shifted to modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) from enhanced community quarantine to help revive the Philippines’ crippled economy.
But President Duterte stressed that such relaxation in restrictions doesn’t mean the country is free of COVID-19 and warned that the government might again tighten restrictions if situations get worse.
“Remember this, the loosening of the restrictions does not mean [we’re COVID-free],” he said.
“If the contamination will be as fast as before, and it will continue to infect yung nakalabas na (people who are allowed to go out), then we’ll have to just go back to original program,” he added.
Meanwhile, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque denied allegations that the government is not ready or has no policy for the conduct of COVID-19 mass testing.
Roque stressed that the government in fact is now preparing to hit the target of 30,000 a day testing capacity by the end of May.
“From the very beginning, we have had a systematic targeted testing at sa tingin po natin ang sinusunod natin ay benchmark recognized internationally specifically by the WHO,” the Palace Spokesperson said in defense against against critics who are questioning the government’s advice of letting private companies shoulder COVID-19 testing for their respective workers who are returning to work.
Roque added that the government is targeting to test around 1.5% to 2% of the more than 100 million Filipinos for COVID-19 infection and clarified on what is referred to as ‘mass testing.’
“Ang tawag po dapat ay expanded targeted testing,” he said.
MANILA, Philippines — Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque confirmed that President Rodrigo Duterte travelled to Davao City on Friday (May 15) to visit his family.
The President opted to stay in Metro Manila in the past two months to focus on his work amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak and due to tight restrictions under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
Aside from family visit, the President intended to check on the situation in Mindanao relative to the health crisis.
“President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is now in Davao City to visit his family whom he has not seen in months and to assess the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation in Mindanao,” Roque said.
The Palace spokesman assured, however, that the President will be present in the scheduled meeting of the Inter-Agency Task Force against COVID-19 on Tuesday (May 19).
“Rest assured that he will be back in Malacañang in time for the next IATF briefing,’ Roque concluded. MNP (with details from Rosalie Coz)
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