Islamic rebels behead village chieftain in the Philippines (dpa German Press Agency)

Manila (dpa) – Suspected al-Qaeda-linked rebels beheaded a village
chieftain who had been held hostage in the southern Philippines, a
regional military commander said Wednesday.

The remains of Rodolfo Buligao were recovered late Tuesday along a
road in Maimbung town on Jolo Island, about 950 kilometres south of
Manila, according to Brigadier General Alan Arrojado.

Buligao was seized by Abu Sayyaf guerrillas along with two coast
guard personnel at his residence on May 4.

Arrojado said there was no information about the fate of the other
two hostages.

He said the Buligao was executed after his family failed to pay
ransom demanded by the guerrillas.

The Abu Sayyaf is the smallest but most violent Muslim rebel group in
the southern Philippines. It is responsible for deadly terrorist
attacks and high profile kidnapping-for-ransom cases.