Robert Hall (Canadian)

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Robert Hall
Robert Ward Hall

November 5, 1949
DiedJune 13, 2016(2016-06-13) (aged 66)
The Philippines
Cause of deathBeheading
Body discoveredPatikul, Sulu, Philippines
ResidenceCalgary, Alberta, Canada
OccupationWelder by trade

Robert Ward Hall (5 November 1949 – 13 June 2016) was a Canadian citizen kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf militants in the Philippines on 21 September 2015, and beheaded nine months later near Patikul, Sulu.[1][2][3]

Early life and career[edit]

Hall was born in Calgary, Canada. One of four siblings, he grew up in the city's Midnapore district. A welder by trade, Hall was also an experienced pilot and an amateur actor.

Kidnapping and death[edit]

Hall was kidnapped for ransom by Abu Sayyaf militants in the Philippines on 21 September 2015 in a raid on Holiday Ocean View Samal Resort on Samal Island near Davao in the southern Philippines. After gunmen disarmed the resort's security guards, four people were abducted: Canadians Robert Hall and John Ridsdel, resort marina manager Kjartan Sekkingstad (Norway), and Teresita Flor (Hall's Filipino girlfriend) who was released later in the month that Hall was beheaded.[4][5]

Abu Sayyaf demanded $6 million for Hall's ransom.[6] Negotiations for his release failed, and Hall was beheaded on 13 June 2016.

The last of this hostage group, Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad, was released in September 2016. Hall's sister then felt free to speak openly and criticize the failure of the government of Canada to do anything decisive or effective to attempt rescue or save her brother.[7][8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Philippines condemns Abu Sayyaf killing of Canadian Robert Hall". BBC. 14 June 2016. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  2. ^ Markusoff, Jason (13 June 2016). "Remembering Robert Hall, a lifelong dreamer". Macleans. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  3. ^ VanderKlippe, Nathan (25 September 2016). "Canadian abducted in the Philippines was in search of paradise". Globe and Mail. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  4. ^ Former Calgary journalist among 4 abducted by gunmen on Philippine island
  5. ^ "Marites Flor: Philippine Abu Sayyaf militants release Filipina hostage". ABC Australia. 24 June 2016. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  6. ^ Sherwell, Philip (23 May 2016). "How Abu Sayyaf makes a business of beheadings as Islamist terror gang releases 'final message' hostage video". The Telegraph. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  7. ^ "Sister of Robert Hall, killed Canadian hostage, says government did little to save him". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 23 September 2016. Retrieved 20 October 2016.
  8. ^ Hookway, James (18 November 2016). "Terror Grows in Southern Philippines From Militants Linked to Islamic State Kidnappings, beheadings by Abu Sayyaf raise fears of expanding terror threat in Southeast Asia". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 20 November 2016.