Trudeau Says Second Canadian Hostage Likely Slain in Philippines

Justin Trudeau.

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The Canadian government believes a second hostage held by militants in the Philippines is dead, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.

“It is with deep sadness that I have reason to believe that a Canadian citizen, Robert Hall, held hostage in the Philippines since September 21, 2015, has been killed by his captors,” Trudeau said in a statement Monday.

Hall was kidnapped alongside fellow Canadian John Ridsdel, whose death was announced April 25. At the time, Trudeau said Canada has a policy not to pay ransom -- a point he reiterated Monday.

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