JV seeks Senate inquiry on kidnappings

By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 03 2014 11:34 PM | Updated as of Sep 04 2014 07:34 AM

MANILA - Senator JV Ejercito filed a resolution calling for an inquiry that will look into the peace and order situation in the country in view of the spate of criminal incidents lately.

He said that members of the Chinese-Filipino community have expressed alarm over the latest kidnapping incidents.

Ejercito himself is a parent, with his son enrolled in a Chinese-Filipino school.

Ejercito is also concerned about the possible effects of the spike in crime on the economy.

He is interested to know what steps are being done by the Philippine National Police to prevent a "breakdown" in the peace and order situation.

"Nag-aalala ako kasi in broad daylight, wala nang takot. Minsan kapag nagsumbong sa anti-kidnapping group pinapatay na...Nag-alala din ako sa aking pamilya at sa lahat din. I'm worried that this would really also affect the economic gains that have been achieved through the years."

The Movement for the Restoration of Peace and Order said at least 19 kidnap for ransom cases have been reported from January to August this year.