Earlier this week the Abu Sayaf Group released Norwegian hostage Kjartan Sekkingstad after almost a year in captivity. It’s hard to imagine the hell he must’ve been through, witnessing his friends’ beheadings, stuck in the middle of fuck knows where not knowing if he’ll ever get alive. Below is the video of the press conference of the announcement of his release, and it’s absolutely excruciating to watch, complete with cheesey intro music and the camera permanently fixed on Duterte. And like most pinoys at work he manages to squueze a nap in on the job.
When they announce Sekkingstad’s name he stands up expecting to take to the mic, but Duterte gets there first, leaving him standing there awkwardly. The man child wastes no time moving onto his war on drugs and his frustration at not being able to kill everybody himself.
Duterte even looks surprised that Sekkingstad plans to leave the country asap with the ambassador. The dickhead even suggested he might want to stay a little longer and tour “my” city. Yeh right, maybe a nice little trip over to Samal Island too, where he was originally kidnapped from. He then jokes that he shouldn’t worry, that terrorists are everywhere, and even New York City just blew up. WTF?
I think it’s safe to say that as soon as Sekkingstad was released he had a multitude of pinoys telling him if it weren’t for Duterte he’d never have been released. No mention of the $30 million ransom paid. Or was it $50 million as Duterte had previously stated a few weeks earlier? I guess it wouldn’t be a surprise to find out a few palms were greased who aren’t Abu Sayaf?