LIVE: Senate investigation into kidnapping cases
September 15, 2022 | 9:51
MANILA, Philippines — The Senate Public Order and Dangerous Drugs Committee is investigating recent kidnapping cases that have alarmed citizens.
The panel’s investigation stemmed from two resolutions, including one by Senator Grace Poe, who described recent kidnapping cases reported in the media and on social media as “another wave of kidnappings.”
It’s unclear how rampant kidnappings have become recently, as different groups and agencies have provided different and conflicting numbers.
When asked during House of Representatives deliberations on the Interior Department’s 2023 budget proposal on September 1, Philippine National Police Chief Rodolfo Azurin Jr. said there had been only three cases of kidnapping since July.
On the one hand, the Chinese Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. claimed last September 6 that in the last 10 days there had been 56 kidnappings in the country, a figure which was disputed by the Deputy Chief of Administration of the PNP, Jose Chiquito Malayo.
Malayo said there have only been four reported kidnapping incidents this year, only one of which was linked to Filipino offshore gambling operators. This is a low figure compared to the 27 kidnappings that the PNP’s anti-kidnapping group recorded from January to September.
Watch the Senate hearing on the kidnapping cases DIRECTat 10 a.m. on Thursday, September 15, 2022.