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.