FORMER military and police officers are being recruited by Chinese gaming tycoons to kidnap Chinese in the country, the Philippine National Police’s Anti-Kidnapping Group (PNP-AKG) said on Sunday.
Maj. Rannie Lumactod, chief of the AKG’s Operations Management Division, said these tycoons conducting “casino junkets” had been hiring former soldiers and policemen for their activities and businesses.
Lumactod said manhunts for these former uniformed personnel were ongoing. Some have been arrested or killed during pursuit operations. He declined to disclose the ranks and identities of those arrested or killed.
The AKG attributed the rise in kidnapping cases this year to the visa on arrival policy for Chinese.
Lumactod, in a radio interview, said police officials were coordinating with the Bureau of Immigration on the setting up of anti-kidnapping group desks in airports.
“Our problems with the Chinese, when it comes to their fellow Chinese, once they undergo inquest [proceedings], they would execute an affidavit of desistance or recantation, which is why the cases filed cannot materialize,” he added.
Lumactod noted that language barrier is also a problem. This is the reason why some police officers will be sent to China to learn Mandarin.