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Ex-police, military officers tagged in casino kidnappings.

Ex-police, military officers tagged in casino kidnappings !-- -- Emmanuel Tupas (The Philippine Star) - September 2, 2019 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines Former police and military officers are reportedly in cahoots with members of Chinese loan shark rings involved in the kidnapping of Chinese in casinos in Metro Manila, an official said yesterday. Maj.

Rannie Lumactod, operations management division chief of the Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG), said police andmilitary officers who were dismissed from the service for irregularities were found to be conniving with loan sharks. "Yung mga casino junkets nagha-hire sila ng mga former military and policemen para sa kanilang negosyo," he said in a radio interview.

Asked if there were ranking police and military officials involved, Lumactod replied in the affirmative. AKG director Col.

Jonnel Estomo said former police and military officers who went AWOL (absent without leave) have been on their radar for their involvement in casino-related kidnappings. "These are scalawags or those who went AWOL and have no jobs," Estomo said.

Last month, the AKG tagged S/Sgt. Magdaleno Pacia for allegedly colluding with loan sharks in the kidnapping of several Chinese employees in the country.

Pacia was dismissed from the police service in April 2018 for robbery and illegal possession of explosives. From 16 kidnapping cases involving 17 victims in 2018,the number increased to 24 cases and 27 victims this year.

The number of Chinese suspects arrested for kidnapping also went up from 17 to 51. Lumactod attributed the increase in kidnapping cases to the Bureau of Immigration's visa-upon-arrival policy. The program allows Chinese tourists to apply for visa upon their arrival in the Philippines.

Lumactod pushed for the establishment of AKG desks at the airports for faster coordination between police and immigration personnel.

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Publication:Philippines Star (Manila, Philippines)
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Date:Sep 1, 2019
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