PNP refutes Duterte claim: No report of kidnappings in Metro Manila
The director of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) on Saturday said there were no reports of kidnappings in Metro Manila contrary to the claims of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Chief Supt. Oscar Albayalde said a verification from the anti-kidnapping group (AKG) of the Philippine National Police (PNP) showed no records of kidnap for ransom in the metropolis.
“We will validate the information although as of now, wala kaming natatanggap na report regarding alleged kidnapping since the assumption of President Duterte,” Abayalde said.
“As per MPD (Manila Police District), initial verification with AKG also yielded negative,” he added.
The police official, however, said the PNP would still validate the information released by Duterte.
“We already have efforts also to talk to the Chinese community on Monday,” he said.
Duterte on Thursday said six kidnapping activities had been recorded in Binondo, a major Chinese community in Manila, in the span of three weeks.
He said the drug syndicates have shifted to kidnapping activities as a of result his administration’s brutal crackdown on illegal drugs.
Amid the conflicting statement of Duterte and the PNP, Malacañang on Saturday said the President has his own sources.
“May mga comments po si President but we don’t know kung, but he has his own sources. Kung sinasabi pong wala, I’m sure the President has his own [source] form of information. ‘Yun lang po ang masasabi ko,” Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in an interview with state-run dzRB radio.
(The President has his comments but we don’t know, he has his own sources. I’m sure the President has his own source of information. That’s all I can say.) CDG