New PNP anti-kidnapping chief vows to probe alleged abduction of BIR personnel

Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 08 2019 09:30 PM

MANILA - The new director of the Philippine National Police Anti-Kidnapping Group (PNP-AKG), Police Colonel Jonnel Estomo, on Monday vowed to investigate the alleged kidnapping of several Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) district officers.

Estomo received an order from chief of Directorial Staff of PNP, Police Lieutenant General Camilo Pancratius Cascolan, who got information about possible kidnapping of Revenue District Office (RDO) officers.

“May mga nagko-complain sa atin, at may mga balita talaga na nakikidnap sila and some of them were killed,” Cascolan said.

Cascolan said the victims or their kin have not filed formal complaints.

The PNP-AKG will look into the incidents and check if the missing RDO officers were indeed taken by kidnap-for-ransom syndicates.

“We cannot do something without any complaint, for us to be able to respond to their complaints. Ilan lang naman ang nagsumbong sa akin. He needs to verify it and confirm it,” Cascolan said.

Cascolan said it is possible the alleged kidnapping was related to their work.

“It’s not just money that’s involved here. Hindi siguro nila piangbibigyan ang kliyente nila, na ibaba ang bayarin nila sa BIR. Gumagawa ng tama ang BIR, pero binabanatan naman sila ng mga kliyente nila. They do not want to lower down the payments. 'Yan ang nangyayari diyan,” Cascolan said.

Estomo said he will study the cases and coordinate with the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO).

He also received instructions from PNP chief Oscar Albayalde to cleanse the PNP-AKG of "scalawags".

“I will seek support from the higher headquarters kung kinakailangan, anumang pambangga sa mga kidnapper,” Estomo said.

“Kailangang makilala ko ang mga tao ko, kailangang ma-profile, kung sila ba ay competent sa kanilang mga job. Kung hindi sila competent, then let them go on training, sa mga bagong sophistication ngayon sa kidnapping,” he added.