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Canada turned down chance to rescue Philippine hostages, says security expert

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.

Second Canadian hostage, Robert Hall, believed killed in Philippines as ransom deadline passes

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.