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PNP notes downtrend in kidnap-for-ransom incidents

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The Philippine National Police (PNP) reported on Tuesday a downtrend in kidnap-for-ransom (KFR) incidents in the country in 2010 compared to the previous year.

PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz Jr. said that contrary to claims by anti-kidnapping crusader Teresita Ang-See that kidnap-for-ransom incidents were on the rise, the PNP recorded a decrease.

”We noted a downtrend insofar as KFR cases is concerned,” Cruz stressed.

According to Cruz, the Police Anti-Crime and Emergency Response (PACER) registered only 41 KFR cases in 2010 compared to 57 in 2009.

PACER recorded 19 KFR incidents in Luzon last year, compared to 25 cases in 2009.

In Mindanao, organized crime groups committed nine kidnapping for ransom incidents in 2009, while only one was reported last year.

The terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group, the Pentagon KFR gang and rogue elements of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) were blamed for 20 KFR cases in 2010 and 22 during the previous year.

Cruz said that in the Visayas region, one KFR case was recorded in 2010 and none in 2009.

The PNP spokesman expressed belief that Ang-See would be clarified if shown with data culled by the PACER, which is the PNP’s repository of KFR data.

In spite of the downtrend in KFR cases, Cruz said that PNP chief Director General Raul Bacalzo has ordered intensified operations against the groups involved in such activity.

”As with other types of crimes, the chief PNP ordered an intensified campaign against KFR. We should not rest and stop with our efforts,” Cruz said.
”We must redouble our efforts to erase these incidents that sow fear to our people, particularly the Chinese community,” he added. (PNA/PIA9-BST)




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