MANILA, Philipines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Tuesday said that it has deactivated the Police Anti-Crime Emergency Response (PACER) and formed another group that will solely handle kidnap for ransom cases.

Replacing PACER a task force that handled kidnap for ransom cases for the past 11 years is the PNP Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG).

The new anti-kidnapping group will still be headed by the chief of the deactivated PACER, Senior Supt. Isagani Nerez, Jr.

“The new group will be a regular national operating support unit and will still handle all the kidnap-for-ransom cases and also hostage negotiations,” PNP Spokesman, Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz Jr. told reporters in a chance interview.

The PNP spokesman added that PNP Chief, Director General Nicanor Bartolome credited the PACER for solving and neutralizing several kidnapping cases and KFR groups.

During its 11-year activity, PACER has solved 113 kidnapping cases nationwide with 140 KFR suspects arrested and 165 more killed in various operations.

The PNP also credited PACER for the decline of reported KFR cases from 82 cases in 2002 down only to 11 KFR cases last year.

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