Indian nationals top preys of KFR groups

WEALTHY Indian nationals, particularly those engaged in money-lending business, are becoming the top prey of kidnap-for-ransom (KFR) groups, a senior police official said yesterday.

Senior Supt. Isagani Nerez, chief of the Police Anti-Crime Emergency Response (Pacer), said that they have noted a number of Indian nationals becoming victims of kidnapping incidents for the past weeks.

“The most favorite victims nowadays are Indian nationals because of the fact that most Indian nationals really refuse to file charges against the perpetrators,” Nerez said in a press briefing in Camp Crame.

The Pacer chief said this allowed suspects to got scot-free and encouraged to continue with their activities. Nerez said: “Normally it (kidnapping) is a public crime, the state is complainant. But we also need to put in our mind that without the complainant and without the witnesses, there is really no case.”

He added that the latest kidnapping incident occurred in Isabela, where two Indian nationals were kidnapped.

“(The) victims never reported to the police,” Nerez said.

In some cases, the Pacer chief said, most of these kidnapping cases involved business rivals as masterminds.

“Almost always… ang mastermind is also an Indian,” Nerez said.

He revealed that from January up to mid-October this year, a total of 18 kidnapping incidents were reported in Luzon and Visayas, 15 of which had been solved.

“We are continuously exerting all efforts to solve the remaining kidnapping incidents in the area of Luzon,” Nerez said.

He said authorities are closely monitoring the activities of four kidnap-for-ransom groups operating in Luzon that are composed mostly of former or dismissed policemen and soldiers. Anthony Vargas

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