PNP studying involvement of foreigners in kidnapping cases in PHL

October 29, 2012 5:55 am 

MANILA, Oct. 28 — Operatives of the Philippine National Police-Anti-Kidnapping Group are now conducting a research on the involvement of foreigners in kidnapping activities in the Philippines.

PNP Chief Director General Nicanor Bartolome directed the PNP-AKG, led by Senior Supt. Renato Gumban, to start conducting a study to establish any pattern of syndicated kidnapping of foreigners by their fellow countrymen.

Bartolome's order was prompted by the arrest on Thursday in Cebu City of a South Korean believed to be the prime suspect behind the kidnapping of another Korean and his Filipina wife in the southern city.

Based on AKG records, this is not the first time that a foreigner was involved in the kidnapping of his countryman," Bartolome said.

"We need to look deeper into kidnapping cases of similar nature to determine if there was a pattern of syndicated crime operation of transnational dimension," the chief PNP said.

Three Filipino henchmen of the arrested Korean suspect were also under police custody for direct involvement in the kidnapping.

On Saturday, Korean Song Sung Heum, 33; and Filipinos Gregorio Deaalagon, Richard Dealagon, and Leonardo Bolabon were presented for inquest proceedings before government prosecutors for the kidnapping and serious illegal detention of couple Jun Hyun Chung and his Filipina common-law wife Charisse Santiago.

AKG records indicate that the couple were snatched by the three Filipino suspects from their home in downtown Cebu City on Oct. 24, shackled, shoved into a car and driven around Cebu suburbs.

On the evening of the same day, Cebu City police and AKG operatives arrested the trio and rescued the couple while the suspects were attempting to withdraw cash from the victim's account at an ATM .

The suspects readily admitted to be acting on orders of Song Sung Heum who reportedly demanded P4-million from the victims.

Hours later, Song was arrested upon arrival at the Mactan International Airport from Korea. (PNA)

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