Humphrey said he remained in contact with senior officials with the Filipino military as they continued to train for a rescue mission early into 2016, and by March, they had confirmed the location of the Abu Sayyaf hideout. But they never received the green light from Ottawa.
The Canadian government “will not and cannot pay ransoms for hostages to terrorist groups,” Justin Trudeau repeated on Monday in a statement confirming that Canadian hostage Robert Hall is believed to have been murdered by his Abu Sayyaf captors.
So when the perpetrators warned that if no ransom was given for Ridsdel by April 25, the government would have seen that threat as real and potentially devastating.
“I do … want to make one thing perfectly, crystal clear: Canada does not and will not pay ransom to terrorists, directly or indirectly.”
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is now “outraged” at the beheading in the Philippines, but what did he have to say a month ago when the radical Islamic killers threatened their hostage? Nothing.
“I am outraged that Canadian citizen John Ridsdel, held hostage since September 21, 2015, has been killed at the hands of his captors,” Trudeau said, adding that Canada “condemns without reservation the brutality of the hostage-takers.”