MANILA—The Philippine National Police-Anti-Kidnapping Group (PNP-AKG) will file a criminal complaint against a woman for allegedly faking her own kidnapping in La Union.
The woman, 40, was found by authorities alone in a hotel in Dagupan City on Monday.
PNP-AKG spokesperson Police Lt. Col. Elmer Cereno said the woman claimed that 2 armed men kidnapped her and demanded a P5-million ransom from her family.
“Hinatid ito ng kaniyang pamangking driver para mag-withdraw sa isang bangko then hindi na siya bumalik. Nakatanggap ang daughter niya ng text message na galing din sa kaniya na umano she was kidnapped by 2 armed men," Cereno said.
Investigation showed the woman perpetrated a case of "kidnap-me" or hoax kidnapping in order to get money.
“Na-evaluate natin na gawa-gawa niya lang 'yun. Dahil nga ang pinag-ipunan nila na ipinapadala ng common-law husband niya ay naubos lahat,” Cereno said.
The PNP-AKG has recorded some 35 hoax kidnapping incidents from 2017 to 2019.
Meanwhile, the PNP-AKG rescued a Chinese national in Manila who was allegedly kidnapped by fellow Chinese nationals believed to be members of a casino loan shark syndicate.
The operatives found a CCTV footage of a hotel in Manila showing the victim talking to his alleged kidnappers.
“Nag-backtracking ang AKG operatives through CCTV at nakuha natin doon sa Roxas Boulevard at na-rescue doon,” Cereno said.
The victim said he owed his kidnappers around P500,000, which was later settled by his father in China.
Cereno said they are coordinating with casino establishments and their counterparts in the Chinese embassy to be wary of this kind of modus operandi.
“Nagco-coordinate tayo sa mga casino estabishments through liaison and through counterparts natin diyan na dapat paalalahanan din natin dapat ang Chinese embassy natin mag-ingat sa mga ganitong modus,” Cereno said.
Casino-related kidnapping cases have increased, police said. There were a total of 52 reported incidents—17 in 2017, 16 in 2018, and 19 in 2019.
From 2017 to 2019, some 56 Chinese nationals were reportedly kidnapped while some 119 Chinese suspects were arrested.