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3 Chinese tourists, 1 Malaysian, kidnapped for ransom by Philippines police

๐ŸŒˆ Abstract

The article discusses the kidnapping of Chinese and Malaysian tourists in the Philippines by police officers for ransom.

๐Ÿ™‹ Q&A

[01] Kidnapping of Chinese and Malaysian Tourists

1. What happened to the Chinese and Malaysian tourists?

  • 2 police officers on motorcycles flagged down a luxury car carrying 3 Chinese and 1 Malaysian
  • Their armed civilian cohorts then handcuffed and dragged the 4 tourists into a van
  • 2 of the Chinese tourists managed to escape and notify authorities
  • The remaining captives were beaten by the kidnappers but freed overnight after a 2.5 million peso (US$43,100) ransom was paid

2. What actions were taken by the authorities?

  • 4 police officers, including a police major, were arrested for the kidnapping
  • Police said they are looking for at least 10 other non-police suspects involved in the kidnapping
  • Criminal complaints for kidnapping, carjacking and robbery were filed against the suspects

3. What is the significance of this incident?

  • The involvement of police officers in the kidnapping is seen as a "serious breach of public trust and core values of the police force"
  • This incident highlights the issue of corruption and criminal activities within the Philippine National Police, which former President Duterte had described as "rotten to the core"

[02] Broader Context

1. What is the broader context surrounding this incident?

  • The Philippine National Police has faced criticism for the large-scale killings during Duterte's anti-drug crackdown, which the International Criminal Court is investigating as a possible crime against humanity
  • Duterte and the police chiefs under his administration had denied authorizing extrajudicial killings, although Duterte had publicly threatened drug suspects with death


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