A chilling video with a haunting message of ransom – or death.
On Friday, a grainy video was posted to YouTube showing hostages being held by a terror group in the Philippines.
John Ridsdel, a Saskatchewan man, and three others relay the message that unless their captors get 300 million pesos in a week, around $8.35 Million CDN, one of them will be beheaded.
The video has since been taken down, but Saskatoon’s Don Kossick saw it. He worked with Ridsdel in the 70s.
“It’s pretty gruesome. The one part that really strikes you that’s in the video is the machete to the throat of John Ridsdel,” Kossick said.
Ridsdel, fellow Canadian Robert Hall and two others were captured by Abu Sayyaf fighters last September.
“That particular group means what it says. It terrorizes that particular area of The Philippines and they’re also linked to ISIS,” Kossick said.
The Saskatoon man is now trying to spur public pressure for the government to do something.
He wants people to demand action by emailing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at firstname.lastname@example.org.