Unfortunately, the Philippine authorities confirmed today the ‘barbaric beheading’ of an elderly German, Jürgen Kantner, by the Islamic State-affiliated Abu Sayyaf terrorist organisation. The beheading has taken place in the context of the war waged by the Philippine Government against Abu Sayyaf, which is based in the restive Muslim-majority province of Mindanao in the country’s far south. The Abu Sayyaf militants may be holding more than 20 other hostages in the southern Philippines.
What action will the VP/HR take to protect the lives of hostages held by Abu Sayyaf militants?
What steps will the VP/HR take to boost counter-terrorism cooperation between the Philippines and the EU?