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Police Involvement Uncovered in Foreigners’ Kidnappings, Interior Secretary Reveals

Foreigners kidnappings

Interior Secretary Benhur Abalos disclosed yesterday the existence of kidnappings operating in Metro Manila, involving both police officers and civilians, targeting foreigners. Here are some details from the report of The Philippine Star.

Details of the Incident

Abalos revealed that at least 14 members are part of the syndicate, with some using motorcycles owned by the Philippine National Police (PNP) in their criminal activities.

Among the suspects, four are police officers stationed in various units in Metro Manila. Notably, Major Christel Carlo Villanuva, an intelligence officer at the Pasay police station, is the highest-ranking officer involved.

PNP Chief Gen. Rommel Francisco Marbil expressed zero tolerance for the involved police officers, assuring that they would face severe consequences, including imprisonment.

The four police officers faced inquest proceedings on charges of kidnapping for ransom, robbery, and car theft.

The syndicate, consisting of both police and civilians, reportedly kidnapped three Chinese men and a Malaysian along Taft Avenue in Pasay.

The victims, after receiving a ransom of P2.5 million, released, but investigations suggest the syndicate may target foreigners in additional kidnappings.

Ongoing Investigations

NCRPO director Maj. Gen. Jose Melencio Nartatez Jr. is leading the probe, utilizing CCTV footage, victim testimonies, and eyewitness accounts to identify suspects.

The investigation aims to uncover any further criminal activities perpetrated by the syndicate.

The revelation of police involvement in the kidnapping syndicate underscores the need for thorough investigations and decisive action to ensure the safety and security of all residents and visitors in Metro Manila.

Read Also: 10 Chinese Nationals Arrested in Parañaque Kidnapping Case

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