By MB Online
Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief, Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa recant his initial statement, citing intelligence reports, claiming that Jurgen Gustav Kantner, a German national hostage was decapitated by Abu Sayyaf.
In a press briefing on Monday, February 27, Dela Rosa said, “Okay, sige, it’s not confirmed. I can take back my statement,” wherein he earlier claimed that Abu Sayyaf beheaded the captive.
“Yung report na nakarating sa amin, is yun nga, inexecute na. Yung akin naman, galing lang din sa mga tao doon, so I can take back kung hindi totoo,” he added.
The PNP chief said that authorities have yet to recover the alleged victim’s body, according to ABS-CBN News.
“Kapag investigation report, kailangan body of the crime, pero as far as information being gathered by personnel on the ground, ‘yun ang nakukuha nilang information,” Dela Rosa claimed.
In an earlier part of the press briefing, Dela Rosa said, “It was confirmed by our counterparts from the AFP that napugutan na. Yesterday, I was in Zamboanga then yung pinagusapan noon ng mga security forces na…napugutan na,” as he answered questions about the alleged beheading.
Dela Rosa, however, stressed that authorities still have to get the body.
“We need to have the body… bago natin masabi talaga. Pero as far as intelligence reports, confirmed na,” Dela Rosa claimed.
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