The Man Who Beheaded Guillermo Sobrero
American Guillermo Sobrero's possible killer, a man who may have also been involved in the abduction of missionaries Tim and Gracia Burnham has been caught by the Philippine military. Bob in Mindanao has the scoop. The AP reports that after the the Abu Sayyaf member, Annik Abbas was presented to the press, questions were asked about the bruises on his face. "Asked if soldiers had beaten him, Abbas nodded to reporters, but Basilan army commander Col. Reynald Ronnie Javier said Abbas was injured when he fell off a motorcycle while trying to evade the roadblock."
The Abu Sayyaf released this statement after they had beheaded Sobrero:
Sobero’s execution was announced by Abu Sayyaf spokesperson Abu Sabaya two weeks after the abduction. “We have beheaded Sobero as a gift to the country on Independence Day,” Sabaya told a local radio station then. Sobero’s body was found about three weeks later, also in Basilan.
Now I've personally been on motorcycles in those backroads in Mindanao, usually on pillon behind some farmer and I have to tell you that there are numerous ruts, wash-outs and jutting boulders that make it very dificult to ride. But strange to relate, I've never had the unfortunate experience of falling off one of them there motorcycles, even the ones that have a board slung across them with three people balanced on either side, the "Skylab" of unlamented notoriety used as transport by those with scant regard for their own safety. Abbas must have been unlucky.