Solons: Determine the true state, number of kidnapping cases in the country

LAWMAKERS from Mindanao urged the House Committee on Public Order and Safety to conduct an inquiry on the conflicting reports given by the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the group of an anti-crime crusader on the real state of kidnappings in the country which may shed light and resolve the issue.

Rep. Rufus Rodriguez (2nd District, Cagayan de Oro City) and his brother Rep. Maximo Rodriguez, Jr. (Party-list, Abante Mindanao), filed House Resolution 2863 urging the House panel to look into the kidnapping situation in the country to determine the true state and number of cases as down-playing the number of cases would be more detrimental to the peace and order situation.

“The only way to properly solve the kidnap for ransom situation in the country is to face reality and act accordingly based on what the true situation is,” Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez said the PNP, particularly their Anti-Kidnapping group has recently reported that for the first half of 2012, there were only seven cases of kidnappings in the country.

However, the Movement for the Resolution of Peace and Order (MRPO), the group of anti-crime crusader Teresita Ang See claimed that there were already 11 kidnapping cases in the first half of the year, this does not include the case of a Burmese child who was abducted in Laguna and rescued in Rizal province by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

“Ang See claims that the recent case of kidnapping was resolved after paying a P2.5 million ransom and that she has already talked to PNP General Nicanor Bartolome about the incident only to be allegedly rebuffed by Bartolome for making a mountain out of a molehill and that she was also told to be exaggerating these reports of kidnappings,” Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez said other reports however showed that there were 41 cases reported from January to June this year but the PNP’s Anti-Kidnapping Group was quick to state that only four cases were confirmed kidnap for ransom (KFR) cases with the rest turning out to be simple cases of abduction, missing persons and those who were arrested in legitimate law enforcement operations.

According to the lawmaker, Ang See further revealed that seven Chinese nationals were kidnapped in separate incidents last July 2012 while on a tour outside Metro Manila, citing that the most recent of which was the kidnapping of four Chinese nationals allegedly snatched by uniformed policemen last July 27, 2012.

“There is really a need to conduct an inquiry on the issue and thus serve notice to all concerned, particularly the PNP, the MRPO and other agencies and entities which may shed light and resolve the issue,” Rodriguez stressed.

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