Retired Filipino boxing champ Manny Pacquiao expressed his surprise at the statement made by President Benigno Aquino regarding an Islamic group’s plan to kidnap him.
According to ABC News, the world boxing champ said that this plot should not have been announced to the public.
Aquino released a statement that the Abu Sayyaf Group, who has recently beheaded a Canadian national this week, plans to kidnap Pacquiao or his children.
Pacquiao was surprised because he believes that all Filipinos are his friends. The boxer said he loves all of his Filipino brothers including the Muslims.
Despite his disbelief that fellow Filipinos would plan such plot against him, Pacquiao said that he took security measures to protect himself and his family. Right now, the boxing champ’s wife and children are staying in General Santos city. Pacquiao is in Manila for his electoral campaign duties to have a seat in the Senate.
In LA Times, Pacquiao said that he was not informed of this plot before President Aquino announced it on public. He said that if the information’s source is an intelligence report, it should not have been made public. He questioned, “Why just now?”
The extremist group believed to be composed only of a few hundred armed men. The group is thought to still have more than 20 foreigners captive. This includes 18 Malaysian and Indonesian sailors who were kidnapped in the past months.
Aquino further claimed that the Islamic militant group also threatened to kidnap his sister, who is a TV personality in the Philippines. The Abu Sayyaf Group, Aquino said, is also threatening to take his life in order to obtain Islamic State funding and support.
Pacquiao, on the other hand, claims he had no idea why he would be a target of the Islamic group. This is because he had maintained good affairs with Muslims in the southern part of the Philippines.
Pacquiao said, “I don’t believe our Muslim brothers [would] do that. We support them; we give them livelihood, so I don’t know where that came from.”