A Federal Foreign Office Spokesperson issued the following statement in Berlin today (27 February 2017):
“There can no longer be any reasonable doubt that the German national kidnapped in the Philippines is indeed dead. We are profoundly shocked by the inhumane and cruel actions of his kidnappers.
We condemn the murder of this German man in the strongest terms. There can be no justification for this terrorist crime.
We extend our deepest sympathy and sincere condolences to the victim’s family.
Together with the competent Philippine authorities, we will do everything in our power to bring the perpetrators to justice.”