Sulu forms special anti-kidnap task force

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Philippine authorities and the Sulu provincial government have put up a special task force to address the threats of kidnappings and abductions here.

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Gov. Totoh Tan, who was invited as speaker to a recent seminar on “Community Awareness and Actions on Kidnap for Ransom” held at the Sulu Area Coordinating Center, said the creation of the Special Anti-Kidnapping Task Force-Sulu was long overdue.

In his speech, Tan called on local governments and their constituents to help the authorities combat kidnapping.

“If the abductions happened in the Visayas or in Luzon, he said, it would create a lot of noise in the media and on the streets. Our people are not as demonstrative but their silence does not mean consent,” he said.

Tan, in one media interview, said many kidnap victims from other provinces and cities have been taken to Sulu, earning foe the city a bad peace and order image.

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