(UPDATE) Kidnapped school principal beheaded in Jolo

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MANILA - A school principal who was kidnapped by suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits in Patikul, Sulu was found beheaded Monday morning in Jolo Island.

Police recovered the head of school principal Gabriel Canizares, principal of Kanague Elementary School in Patikul, beside a gasoline station in downtown Jolo at 5:30 a.m.

Senior Superintendent Tony Mendoza, Sulu provincial police director, said the head was turned over to Canizares’ sister, Annabel. He said police are still looking for the victim’s body.

Jolo Mayor Hussin Amin said miscommunication on the ransom for Canizares’ freedom led to the victim’s murder.

“There was a miscommunication on the ransom. The kidnappers wanted P2 million and then the offer went down to P500,000 but the family could not afford it,” he told ANC’s “News at 8.” Mendoza said the family only gave P150,000 to the kidnappers.

“The people of Jolo are condemning this dastardly act,” Amin said.

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