THE Bacolod City Government is open and will spare no expense to beef-up the city police’s capabilities to deal with the recent kidnapping in Bago City, a councilor said.

Last Friday, businessman Jordan Chua was kidnapped by unidentified suspects in Barangay Dula, Bago City, while one his companion sustained a gunshot wound on his chest.

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Councilor Al Victor Espino said the City Government would ensure that no such crime incident will happen in Bacolod. “We will not to tolerate this kind of activities in the city.”

He said the City Council doesn’t have any knowledge yet whether there were ransom demands for the release of Chua.

“This is an unfounded claim or just a rumor, since if there’s a demand for ransom, it might be limited between the perpetrators and the family, but as far as the law enforcement agencies are concerned, officially there’s no ransom demand,” he said.

Espino said the kidnapping incident did not happen in Bacolod City, as it is hard for the perpetrators to initiate such crime in the city.

“There are no let-up as far as BCPO (Bacolod City Police Office) operations is concerned since it’s believed that Chua and the perpetrators are still in the area of Negros Occidental,” he said.

Espino noted that BCPO head Senior Superintendent Celestino Guara is in close coordination with the Negros Occidental Police Office, as well as in Bago police. (MAP)