The Islamist group accused of beheading a Canadian hostage in the Philippines may have plotted to kidnap boxing star Manny Pacquiao, the country’s president said Wednesday.
President Benigno Aquino III also said the Abu Sayyaf militants also made threats against him and his family and wanted to explode bombs in Manila to try to get funding from ISIS.
“They allegedly even hatched plots to kidnap Manny Pacquiao or one of his children, as well as my sister Kris or one of her children, with the plan to use them in bargaining for the release of their cohorts,” Aquino said, referring to his younger sister, who is a famous actress.
“Threats against my own life have been investigated,” he said, without elaborating.
Aquino said the plans were uncovered and the country’s troops had reduced the militants’ ability to inflict harm.