Kidnappings on the rise in PH

Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte. © Erik De Castro / Reuters
Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte. © Erik De Castro / Reuters

IT seems the United States Embassy in Manila is right to warn its citizen about the dangers of being kidnapped in the Philippines.

Last Friday, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte admitted as much when he disclosed that in the last four months criminals started shifting their criminal enterprise from drug manufacturing and distribution to kidnapping.

In a speech before the members of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, Pres. Duterte said six kidnappings have been reported in the last three weeks in Binondo, Manila’s Chinatown.

Bagong laro na naman ito [This is a new play]. We have six kidnappings in three weeks in Binondo,” he said.

The president’s statement came in the wake of an alert issuance by the U.S. government to its citizens in the Philippines.

“The US Embassy alerts US citizens that terrorist groups are planning to conduct kidnappings in areas frequented by foreigners on the southern portion of Cebu Island, specifically the areas around Dalaguete and Santander,” the U.S. embassy, in a statement issued Thursday, said.


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Nelson Flores, J.D., MSCK
A former reporter of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Manila Standard Today, and a regular columnist of the Metro Manila based daily tabloid newspaper Hataw; Nelson Flores is also the former Senior Associate Editor of the Houston based Fil-Am Press and former anchor of dzXL and dzRJ's weekend talk show Usaping Bayan. Mr. Flores has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Law degrees from the University of Santo Tomas and Adamson University and a holder of a study certificate from the Diocesan House of Studies, Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI). He is a Freemason and member of Reagan Lodge 1037 in Houston Heights under the jurisdiction of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas and a member of the Missionary Society of Christ the King (MSCK).

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