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23 kidnap suspects killed in 2021

Emmanuel Tupas - The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines — At least 23 suspected kidnappers and other wanted persons were killed by operatives of the police Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG) I 2021.

The PNP’s anti-kidnapping unit said the suspected criminals fought back during law enforcement operations.

Lt. Col. Joan Montero, AKG spokesperson, did not provide a breakdown but said majority of the fatalities were murder and rape suspects.

The PNP’s anti-kidnapping unit also arrested 375 fugitives last year. Of the number, 76 are listed as most wanted persons.

A total 23 kidnap-for-ransom cases were also resolved, seven of which are related to Philippine offshore gaming operator (POGO) firms and casinos.

Col. Raymund Liguden, AKG deputy director for operations, said the kidnapping incidents have evolved due to economic activities brought by POGO companions coupled with addiction to vices and gambling.

Even the mode of seeking ransom has also changed – kidnappers are now using technology instead of face-to-face payoffs, according to Liguden.

“The mode of communication or transactions employed, especially in exacting ransom from victims’ families, are made via the use of foreign mobile applications,” he said.

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