MANILA: The Philippine National Policeâ€™s Crime Laboratory on Tuesday confirmed the identification of the decapitated head found in Sulu to be that of Canadian national Robert Hall, a captive whom the Abu Sayyaf group (ASG) bandits beheaded last June 13.
â€œThe DNA profile from the Canadian Embassy matched with the specimen, meaning the head that was recovered from Sulu is indeed that of Robert Hall,â€ PNP Crime Laboratory director Chief Supt. Emmanuel Aranas said in a press briefing at Camp Crame.
The ASG bandits beheaded Hall after a P600mil (RM52mil) ransom deadline expired at 3 p.m. last June 13.
Some five hours after the rebel group confirmed the beheading of Hall, Jolo police found a decapitated head of a Caucasian man inside a plastic bag around 9pm on Sanchez Street beside the Carmelite Cathedral there.
Hall was the second Canadian the ASG beheaded since it took hostage four people, including a Filipino woman and a Norwegian national on Samal Island September last year. His compatriot John Ridsdel was beheaded in April. â€“ Philippines Daily Inquirer/Asia News Network