PNP: Recent abductions of women 'not connected'

Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel stand in formation.
Police personnel stand in formation along the main road leading to the House of Representatives ahead of the State of the Nation address by the country's new president Ferdinand Marcos Jr. in Quezon city, Philippines Monday, July 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Gerard Carreon)

No pattern linking the recent cases of kidnapped women has been found, said the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday (August 25), even as patrols in crime-prone areas are stepped up.

According to Inquirer, PNP spokesperson PCol. Jean Fajardo told a public briefing that the suspects arrested had different motives for each case.

"Sa ngayon kung pagbabasehan ang mga naitalang kaso, diyan sa Bulacan, sa Palawan, sa Region 4A (Calabarzon), wala tayong nakikitang pattern na masasabi po natin na meron po tayong mga tinatawag na serial rapists."

(Right now, based on the recorded cases, in Bulacan, in Palawan, in Calabarzon, we don’t see any pattern that we can say that we have so-called serial rapists.)

Fajardo noted that most of the reported cases of kidnapping and disappearances have already been solved by the PNP.

However, on PNP chief PGen. Rodolfo Azurin Jr's orders, more police officers will also be deployed around schools amid the start of in-person classes.

The PNP will maintain the number of police officers it had deployed for the start of classes, around 25,000, "to ensure that it will be safe." Fajardo said, "Dodoblehin ang police sa barangay, maging mga admin personnel na nagrerender ng desk duty ay bibigyan na rin ng duty para magpatrol at magkatuwang po ng patrollers sa ating mga pangunahing kalsada."

(The police will be doubled in the barangay, even the admin personnel who render desk duty will also be given duty to patrol with the patrollers on our main roads.)

The police chief also remarked that the PNP will investigate the series of disappearances in different parts of the country, saying in a press conference that that videos, photos, and other evidence posted on social media are vital in the PNP’s investigation of some cases.

“Our work becomes easier because of the contributed videos being given to us through the social platforms. It would aid our police personnel. If they did not send those videos, it would seem the policemen are totally unaware,” he said.

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