ZAMBOANGA – The family of a teen who was abducted and then beheaded by the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) is allegedly receiving death threats from the bandits.
The ASG also threatened to abduct her daughter, said Aurora Almodovar, the mother of 18-year-old Patrick James Almodovar, who was killed by the ASG earlier this week.
As she is afraid for her family, she said that she has high hopes that the military will crush the ISIS-connected group after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the armed forces to "destroy" the ASG.
According to Almodovar, there were indications that her son was tortured before he was executed by his abductors in the jungles of Sulu on Wednesday afternoon.
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Almodovar said that there were cigarette burns and visible contusions on her son’s body, which his abductors left near a garbage can in Barangay Bangkal, Patikul, Sulu.
She added that when local authorities recovered the body Thursday, they found her son's hands tied behind his back.
A severed head which was later confirmed to be that of Patrick James was recovered in Barangay Kadjatian, Indanan, Sulu on Wednesday evening.
For security reasons, his family brought the teen's remains to Zamboanga City.
Before Almodovar's body was found, there were at least 10 hostages still with the ASG in Sulu, including Indonesian sailors and Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad.