From GMA News (Aug 31): Family grieves after Abu Sayyaf member said Army soldier was beheaded
Relatives of an Army soldier are grieving after receiving a message from an alleged member of the Abu Sayyaf Group that he was beheaded, a report on News To Go on Wednesday said.
The alleged ASG member sent a text message to the family of Private First Class Jison Falcasantos and said he was beheaded because his troop entered their territory.
Falcasantos' mother, who is in Zamboanga City, said her son's cellphone was used by the alleged ASG member in sending her the text message.
The ASG member then issued a threat and said she will also be beheaded.
Falcasantos was among the soldiers killed in Patikul, Sulu on Monday during an armed encounter with ASG.
The clash occurred at 4:30 p.m. in Sitio Kan Jalul in Brgy. Maligay, said Marine Col. Edgard Arevalo, chief of the Public Affairs Office of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
The government troops from the Philippine Army's 35th Infantry Battalion and 21st Infantry Battalion faced "more or less 120 heavily armed terrorists" during the gunfight, Arevalo added.
Falcasantos is the third of seven children in his family, and the only son.
He has been helping support his family financially.
Falcasantos' family appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte for help in seeking justice.
The AFP, meanwhile, denied that a government soldier was beheaded by the ASG.
It said reports of decapitation are just propaganda of the rebel group.