SCORES of “kidnap-me” cases’ have been recorded by the Philippine National Police Anti-Kidnapping Group (PNP-AKG) headed by Colonel Jonnel C. Estomo this month prompting officials to reiterate their call on Congress to pass a new law which will penalize hoax kidnapping, the Journal Group learned yesterday.
The latest of these fake kidnapping-for-ransom cases include a male Chinese national in Makati City who concocted a KFR tale although an investigation showed he incurred huge debt to a casino loan shark syndicate and came out with the story to force his family to send him money; a Filipina who was found to have fabricated a kidnapping yarn in an effort to get money from her American husband in La Union; and a woman who was reported to have been abducted in Manila although it turned out to be a mere “family problem.”
Estomo said these fake KFR stories should be stopped since they are not only wasting precious police resources but also give the country a negative image abroad since they are being reported as “genuine KFRs” by the international press.
“These hoax kidnappings are wasting the resources of our government, the police in particular since we have to investigate all kidnapping complaints being relayed to our office. Just imagine the consternation of our investigators when they discover that the incidents they are investigating are fake or hoax kidnappings,” said Estomo, a member of Philippine Military Academy ‘Tanglaw-Diwa’ Class of 1992.
The PNP-AKG over the past few years have investigated dozens of cases of “kidnap-me tales” or hoax kidnappings involving foreigners and some Filipinos who made up stories they were kidnapped in order to milk their families.