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Dela Rosa takes back statement on German hostage beheading

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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.

(FILE) BATO/5DEC2016 PNP Dir. Gen. Ronald Dela Rosa, speaks at a press conference after the weekly flag raising in Camp Crame in Quezon City. MB PHOTO/FEDERICO CRUZ | Manila Bulletin

(FILE) PNP Dir. Gen. Ronald Dela Rosa, speaks at a press conference after the weekly flag raising in Camp Crame in Quezon City. MB PHOTO/FEDERICO CRUZ | Manila Bulletin

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.

Read more: Dureza: AFP still validating reports on beheading of German kidnap victim

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  • underthePhilippineSun

    PUBLICITY-HUNGRY sherk bato strikes it again… your job in policing this country is a complete joke… colored-funny-looking CLOWN pnp…

  • hot mama

    dela rosa, I want your full report on this incident first thing in the morning on my table tomorrow. if not, I will $uck your $uper $mall dick as size as your $mall utak

  • Pinoy_725

    Sanay na kami, Bato na mas mabilis ang bunganga mo kaysa sa utak mo.

  • josh_alexei

    And Duterte decorated this clown with Four Stars.