Police to probe kidnapping cases making rounds on social media

Curious onlooker taking picture with smartphone the crime scene at night. The Philippine National Police will investigate two kidnapping cases after the disappearances made rounds on social media. (PHOTO: Getty Images)
Curious onlooker taking picture with smartphone the crime scene at night. The Philippine National Police will investigate two kidnapping cases after the disappearances made rounds on social media. (PHOTO: Getty Images)

Amid the rise of suspected abduction cases going viral on social media, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Rodolfo Azurin Jr. has tapped the police to investigate the series of disappearances in different parts of the country.

In a press briefing on Monday (Aug 22), Azurin said 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.

“These pieces of information that are very vital for the information of the police and everything that are being forwarded are already being acted by our investigators. Actually, we checked the videos forwarded to us using different media platforms and we saw that they are past crimes, these happened in the past as early as 2021,” he added.

Authorities are being mobilized as soon as relevant information on a case is obtained, according to the police chief.

“When there is a crime like an alleged kidnapping and a vehicle is seen, we also tap the help of the Highway Patrol Group (HPG). When a gun is recovered, we immediately contact the Firearms and Explosives Office (FEO) for verification. It’s like we do an ‘all-PNP units approach.’ Whatever a PNP unit can contribute, what skills do they have that can be utilized, we are addressing these all at the same time,” he said.

The PNP is currently investigating kidnapping cases that happened on June 17 and July 4.

Meanwhile, the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has also expressed concern over the killings of two girls in Laguna and Bulacan.

In a statement on Monday, CHR Executive Director Jacqueline Ann de Guia stressed that crimes involving young girls should alarm the government.

“As students go back to face-to-face classes again, there is a need to ensure their safety and security as well so that similar incidents won't happen elsewhere,” de Guia said.

The agency also extended its condolences to the families of the two victims.

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