OTTAWA — Relatives of a Canadian man slain by militants in the Philippines say they agree with Canada's policy of not paying ransom for hostages.
Robert Hall had been held hostage by Abu Sayyaf since September 2015 and was killed earlier this week after a deadline for a ransom payment passed.
In a statement distributed by the press gallery in Ottawa, Hall's family says every option to free him was considered and efforts to that end were "vast and exhaustive."
In the end, the family says it agrees with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's directive that money not be paid to hostage takers who seek to undermine fundamental Canadian values.
The family says it will remember Hall as a self-made man who worked his entire life to raise his family above the hardships of his own youth.
They say he discovered the Philippines on one of his many trips abroad and called it his paradise on Earth.