Boxing star Manny Pacquaio could have been kidnapped by Philippine Islamist Group Abu Sayyaf, the President of the Philippines himself said so. If not Pacquiao himself, one of his children.
NBC News reported that on Wednesday, President Benigno Aquino III revealed that the Islamist group allegedly behind the beheading of a Canadian hostage in the Philippines, had their eyes set on the world-renowned boxer Manny Pacquiao and his kids as targets. The Abu Sayyaf is considered an ISIS affiliate.
The President also revealed that the Abu Sayyaf militants are so desperate to get funding from ISIS that they threatened to do harm against him and his own family too, particularly his actress sister, Kris Aquino and her children.
“They allegedly even hatched plots to kidnap Manny Pacquiao or one of his children, as well as my sister Kris or one of her children, with the plan to use them in bargaining for the release of their cohorts,” Aquino said. The president said these threats have been investigated, although he did not disclose the findings.
The said terrorist group killed off Canadian John Ridsel, 58 when the large ransom it demanded from the Canadian government was not received. Ridsel’s head was found in a plastic bag by local police.
Aquino, whose six-year term is ending in June, promised ‘to devote all my energies’ to ensure that the extremists would be ‘at the very least… a very seriously degraded problem’ for the next president, as reported by Mail Online UK.
Meanwhile Manny Pacquiao, seemed unperturbed by the said threats on his life and his family’s. He is currently very busy campaigning to become the country’s senator once more.
In fact, a survey prepared by the Social Weather stations showed that Pacquiao had surged to the third spot on the senatorial race, as reported by the Philippine Star. His ratings dipped when he compared homosexuals to animals but it seems that the Filipinos already forgot his transgression or could not care less after he won his fight against Timothy Bradley Jr. in Las Vegas Nevada on April 10.
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