Southern third of the Philippines, area called Mindanao is home to some pretty intense Islamic insurgency. Philippines in general is one of the most dangerous countries in the world, but Mindanao, home of the Islamic militant group Abu Sayyaf makes the rest of the country gently meek.
Abu Sayyaf are known for kidnappings for ransom which they use to finance their insurgency with. Obviously, not all people they kidnap have someone able to pay for them so if they snatch a non Muslim, non sympathiser, who’s also not rich, then execution by beheading is in order. The same fate befalls anyone whom they consider an enemy of their faith or movement. Not sure which category kidnapped people beheaded in this video fall into – they may just as easily have been in the wrong place at the wrong time. There is no such thing as a safe area in a country like the Philippines.
In the video, which is from Basilan, three men are seen sitting on the ground in a jungle before they are instructed to lay face down on the ground to get their hands tied behind their backs. Several militants armed with military grade rifles stand guard over them. First few minutes of the video are spent on checking and fastening of bonds that keep victim’s arms tied. The soldier who checks the bonds steps on some of the hostage’s necks with his heavy military boot. Clearly stressed out and anticipating the worst, the victims lay on the ground motionless, not making any sounds.
The video is 20 minutes long. You may wish to fast forward to the 2:35 mark if you want to have your day ruined with stupid singing. At around 4:45, the camera pans to show the militant’s faces – they all seem pretty young. At 6:20, one of the hostages is separated from the rest and taken behind the bushes where he’s instructed to lay on his front again. The militant then proceeds to cuts his head off with a huge combat knife as the one operating the camera starts singing Allahu Akbar. The knife appears to be pretty sharp so the act of decapitation only takes a few seconds. Severed head is then deposited into a large plastic bag. Meanwhile, the cameraman continues with his painful Islamic singing.
The militants then return to separate another hostage from the group and behead him too, though this guy took a bit longer to lose his head. Meanwhile the cameraman yells “yeehoo” like a fucking yahoo!
Beheading of the third hostage took even longer. The militant who took on this one was all eager to cut his head off but spine kept giving him troubles so despite acting all macho and thinking he’ll severe this head with his pinky nail, he had to keep sawing and sawing.
Several more people are beheaded as the video goes on. The expressions on the face of a man whose beheading starts at 15:40 are truly painful. The video ends with what appears as one more guy being lead to the execution ground but his beheading is not shown (camera ran out of batteries, perhaps?).
Of all the countries I have visited on my trip around the world, I consider the Philippines to be the most unfriendly and most dangerous. And I didn’t even go to Muslim controlled Mindanao where this insurgency takes place.
Every single place in the Philippines I had visited either just had someone murdered or someone was murdered just minutes after I’d left. In one place, a guy was shot dead by his goddamn brother in a karaoke bar for singing off-kea. This basically tells you everything you need to know about the Philippines. They don’t kill one another at the drop of a hat. Drop of a hat appears to be a good enough reason to unleash a downright massacre. It takes far less than that to get a bullet in the head. Yet still, in the south, in places like Basilan, Mindanao, where Abu Sayyaf militants routinely behead their victims, it’s even worse.
It was brought to my attention that 5 beheaded men in this video were AFP soldiers (Armed Forces of the Philippines). The marines were captured during a 4 hour long standoff with the Jihadists and their beheading allegedly made Philippine president Benigno Aquino III so mad, he declared an all out justice on Abu Sayyaf asses. The beheadings took place in a Sulu jungle.
The video of several people beheaded by the Abu Sayyaf militants after they were kidnapped in Basilan, Philippines is below. Props to 0bedtr0n for the hook-up:
BTW – if you are from the Philippines, you can tell Manny Pacquiao to take his face off every goddamn billboard in the country. He plain and simple lost that fight against Marquez. Judges had an agenda and needed to keep the title with Pacquiao so the decision was made in his favor despite getting his ass handed to him.
And while you’re at it, you can also give a shout out to the hotel staff in Tarlac for being so kind as to steal my silver ring from the room while I was having a breakfast in the restaurant downstairs, to the demanders (name I gave them, cause they don’t beg, they demand in a commanding voice that you give them money) who thanked me for buying them chicken by stealing my Ipod, and to the fucker on the bus from Laoag to Vigan for stealing my bag. I hope their kids choke on the stuff they stole. Thieving pieces of filthy Filipino shit!