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Concerned Over High Stake Gambling Kidnappings, Opposition Senator Blames Duterte Administration

Concerned Over High Stake Gambling Kidnappings, Opposition Senator Blames Duterte Administration
Concerned Over High Stake Gambling Kidnappings, Opposition Senator Blames Duterte Administration

Philippines’ opposition leader, Senator Leila De Lima, has called upon the Duterte administration to sharpen the execution of its policies and programs in regards to kidnappings related to gambling. The Movement for Restoration of Peace and Order (MRPO) had been concerned with the increase in the number of abductions related to high-stakes gambling in the country.

Most of these kidnappings are carried out by the loan-sharks who are extremely powerful. According to MRPO, a total of 23 such crimes took place in 2018 alone. The Philippines Anti-Kidnapping Group and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) have been actively involved in the crackdown against the perpetrators and on 10th March they also successfully rescued some Chinese citizens kidnapped in the Philippines.

In a statement released today, Senator Lima said: “Since casino-related kidnapping is fast becoming a lucrative business that remained unchecked, the government must show that it is exerting all efforts to reduce the cases of, if not eradicated, casino-related kidnappings and holding loan shark syndicates accountable for their crimes. Likewise, appropriate criminal cases should be filed against the suspects because one, we don’t want more gamblers to be held against their will and second, we don’t want more records of crimes in a country where impunity reigns.”
She also added that only in the first two months of the year eight kidnappings could be traced to gambling debts.

“Since casino-related kidnapping is fast becoming a lucrative business that remained unchecked, the government must show that it is exerting all efforts to reduce the cases of, if not eradicated, casino-related kidnappings and holding loan shark syndicates accountable for their crimes,” De Lima said in a statement.

“Likewise, appropriate criminal cases should be filed against the suspects because one, we don’t want more gamblers to be held against their will and second, we don’t want more records of crimes in a country where impunity reigns,” she added.

The MPRO has already recorded eight casino-related kidnappings from January to February this year, or an average of two victims a month, De Lima said.

Urging the government and expressing her concerns Lima said: “What I find extremely alarming is the use of physical torture to victims to force them to release a large amount of money or ask their relatives here or abroad to do so, in exchange for their freedom, as this can lead to death,”

In a recent incident, Charlie Chua, a Chinese gambler’s dead body was found in General Trias city after he went missing on Feb 20.

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