Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Second Canadian still held hostage by al-Qaida-linked terrorists in Philippines

 Robert Hall, left, alongside now murdered fellow-Canadian John Ridsdel, in a video released by their captors in October 2015.
   A Canadian man still being held hostage by Abu Sayyaf Islamic terrorists in the Philippines moved around the country for much of his life before sailing across the world.
   Robert Hall, 50, an acquaintance of apparently murdered Canadian John Ridsdel, 68, was born in Calgary, and spent much of his life in the West, living in Port Coquitlam, B.C., and Campbell River.
   He sold insurance and operated a welding shop and at one time piloted his own small aircraft. Later, he acted in low-budget, independent films.
   But the lawlessness of the southern Philippines caught up to him, even though travellers come to the islands for their beauty, clean and natural environments.
   He was abducted by gunmen, along with three other people, including Ridsdel, and held for ransom. His Filipina girlfriend, Marites Flor, was also taken prisoner, along with a Norwegian...http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/second-canadian-still-held-hostage-by-al-qaida-linked-terrorists-in-philippines

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