Two photographs of the four people kidnapped from Samal Island have been released.
The “proof of life” photographs show John Ridsdel, Robert Hall, Marites Flor and Kjartan Sekkingstad being held hostage by Abu Sayyaf.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines continue to receive leads regarding the Samal Island kidnappings.
But based on some reports, the four kidnapped victims are now in the hands of the Abu Sayyaf group and that the abductors are asking the military to halt its operations in Sulu.
The same report also indicated that the abductors already contacted the families of the victims through their friends and that they were asked to inform the authorities to stop their operations in the said area.
The military is aware who the key players are in Abu Sayyaf – they are Hatib Sawadjaan and Abu Rami, the men are figured in the kidnapping of the Samal Island victims.
The same two men are also figured in the kidnapping incident in Palawan last year.
The military troops in Sulu, where the kidnapped victims are believed to have been brought, are now focused on following the group of Sawadjaan and Rami.
The latest information that the military source received was that the abductors are asking the military to stop their operations, but no ransom have been demanded from them.