10-yr-old girl snatched; driver, nanny shot

By Christian V. Esguerra and Leila B. Salaverria

'Declaration of war'

IN WHAT appeared to be a "declaration of war" against the National Anti-Kidnapping Task Force (NAKTAF), kidnappers struck back early Friday morning and abducted a 10-year-old Chinese-Filipino girl in Paco, Manila.

Victim Gelica Dy was on her way to the St. Peter the Apostle Parish and School when at least three heavily armed abductors-including a woman-blocked her vehicle and grabbed her on Quirino Avenue at around 6:45 a.m., according to Lieutenant Colonel Danilo Servando, NAKTAF spokesperson.

The suspects shot Dy's driver Hilario Responso and nanny Maricel de Dios when they refused to yield the girl, he said. Both victims are in serious condition at the Philippine General Hospital.

The latest abduction came several hours after police intercepted a car near Tacurong town, Sultan Kudarat province in the southern Philippines late Thursday and found the body of its owner, an apparent kidnap victim, in the trunk. Two men were arrested, military spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Lucero told reporters.

Also on Thursday, heavily armed Abu Sayyaf bandits abducted 43-year-old businessman Ramon Inoferio from his house in Jolo town around 6 p.m.

A high-ranking official of the Police Anti-Crime Emergency Response (Pacer) team Friday said that the NAKTAF was taking the rash of kidnap cases as a "declaration of war" by kidnap syndicates.

"They're really testing our patience," he told the Inquirer.

Western Police District Director Chief Superintendent Pedro Bulaong also raised the possibility that the Dy abduction, coming only four days after the botched Betti Chua Sy kidnapping, was not a mere kidnap-for-ransom (KFR) act. "That's not the way KFR groups operate. KFR groups are discreet," he said, noting that the suspects' shoot-them-up behavior was too attention-getting and antagonistic.

Dy's abduction eclipsed the NAKTAF's break-up of the notorious Obeles kidnap-for-ransom gang during a shoot-out in Dinalupihan town, Bataan province Thursday.

The Philippine National Police had described the death of doctor Roberto Yap and the fall of his Obeles gang as the "crowning glory" in the government's renewed campaign against kidnap-for-ransom syndicates.

22/11/2003

Bron : Inq7.net

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