APRIL 12, 2013

NR # 3071

Solon to police: Step up drive against child abductors/kidnappers
A lawmaker today urged the Philippine National Police (PNP) to intensify their drive against criminal elements especially against those who abduct or kidnap children. Rep. Emmi de Jesus (Party-list, Gabriela) said the rising number of missing children and unresolved child abduction cases is a cause for concern. Based on the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) data, there were about 38 cases of children kidnapped in Metro Manila last year. De Jesus also scored the PNP for putting the blame on the children’s parents’ and guardians’ negligence saying it is the responsibility of the police as well to look after the safety of its citizens especially of the kids. A newspaper report has quoted PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima saying, “Recent incidents involving missing children are due to their parents’ and guardians’ negligence.” “It would be parochial and myopic to pin the blame solely on parents’ and guardians’ negligence. The safety of children and communities is also both government and society’s responsibility,” De Jesus said. The party-list solon said there is a need for the PNP to review its procedures in handling cases of abducted and kidnapped children. “Amid increasing cases of missing children and unresolved child abduction cases, it is now important for the PNP to review its procedures in such handling cases and the proper implementation of existing laws on kidnapping and trafficking in persons is in order,” said De Jesus. De Jesus added, that “the fact that cases are on the rise indicate that the PNP has been remiss in its duties to ensure secure communities and the safety of children.” (30)

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