ZAMBOANGA CITY - Patrick James Almodovar will be laid to rest on Tuesday, a week after he was executed by the Abu Sayyaf Group in Sulu.
The military confirmed on Wednesday that the rebel group has beheaded Almodovar, 18, after the ransom deadline they have set lapsed.
Major Filemon Tan Jr., spokesperson of the Western Mindanao Command, said a severed head was recovered in Barangay Kadjatian, Indanan, Sulu, past 7:30 p.m, Wednesday. The head is believed to belong to Almodovar.
Almodovar was abducted when he went out with friends on July 24. According to his mother “Annie,” she received a call from alleged kidnappers afternoon of the same day, demanding P1-million for his release.
Early this month, "Annie" appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte to help free her son, as she was able to collect only P100,000 with help from friends and family and after talking to local government officials.
The family, however, has declined to issue a statement at Almodovar's interment.
-- with report from Jewel Reyes, ABS-CBN News