|Kidnap cases up, warns watchdog|
By Mer Layson, Correspondent
Kidnap-for-ransom gangs are on the loose
again: three Chinese Filipinos and an Indian have been kidnapped in the last six
weeks, an anticrime watchdog reported on Thursday.
Besides the mysterious abduction of
19-year-old Maureen Elizabeth Pizarro in Quiapo, Manila, on September 7, three
more cases involving Chinese Filipinos were recorded in Manila during the same
period, according to the Citizen’s Action Against Crime (CAAC), led by the
anticrime crusader Teresita Ang-See.
Records gathered from the CAAC and the
Movement for Restoration of Peace and Order (MRPO) showed that the victims,
except for one, were released only after their families paid ransom of at least
P5 million each.
The first victim, a 28-year-old Indian, was
kidnapped by still unidentified armed men on August 8 on Vito Cruz Street in
Manila but rescued by police in Muntinlupa City.
On August 12 a Chinese Filipino trader was
also kidnapped in Tondo, but was released after paying P5 million.
Another victim, a 78-year-old businesswoman,
was kidnapped in broad daylight in Tondo, but was released in Angeles City,
Pampanga, days after her family paid P5 million.
The fourth kidnapping took place on August
29 on Makiling and Dimasalang streets in Sampaloc, Manila. The victim, an
18-year-old student at the University of Santo Tomas, was snatched on her way
home. Her family also paid P5 million for her release.
These incidents were not recorded at the
Western Police District (WPD).
Because of the rush of kidnappings, the CAAC
and the MRPO appealed to businessmen and the Filipino Chinese community to be
more vigilant and guard against kidnappers.
Maureen, an aspiring commercial model, was
abducted at the Lacson underpass in Quiapo after attending the 5 p.m. Mass at
the Quiapo church.
The WPD director, Chief Supt. Pedro Bulaong,
said the WPD has no records of the reported kidnappings, because they are being
handled by the Presidential Anticrime Emergency Response unit in Camp Crame.
The WPD regularly helps the unit with cases
if it receives information about them.
Bulaong explained that it is very important
that the victims’ families report the kidnappings to authorities so police
could track down the kidnappers.
“Kailangan ang kooperasyon ng publiko para maresolba ang isang insidente ng kidnapping [The public’s cooperation is needed to resolve the kidnappings],” he said.
Bron : Manila Times
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