With an increasing number of Chinese nationals involved in the casino and gambling-related kidnappings in the Philippines, the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG) is planning to learn the Chinese language, particularly Mandarin.
AKG director Jonnel Estomo said that the majority of the casino-related kidnappings in the country are associated with Chinese nationals and in many cases, both the victims and the perpetrators do not speak either English or Filipino.
Estomo said that in such a situation it is extremely challenging to get their statements.
“Currently, we have to ask for the assistance of some groups to send interpreters in the conduct of our investigation, especially in getting the statements from the victims, suspects and witnesses who could not speak and understand Filipino and English,” said Estomo.
Recently, the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) has got serious about the increasing number of gambling and casino-related kidnappings. According to the official data, over 100 Chinese loan sharks have been arrested and charged since 2017.
Last week, AKG announced to set up satellite offices in key areas to curb the menace of casino-related kidnappings.
“We will be deploying two of our teams in the satellite office. They will be tasked to immediately respond to all reports of kidnappings in the casinos,” said AKG director Col. Jonnel Estomo.