RECENTLY, there are persistent information on the prevalence of kidnapping in Metro Manila and in the Province of Pampanga. On many social media posts are video clips of series of abductions and photographs of vehicles mostly vans. In some instances, there are posts of people allegedly apprehended due to their said activities.
On some posts, children are the targets of kidnappers and are said to be sold or put into slavery or get involved in criminal activities of syndicates. Others are said to be engaged in mendicancy in other places far from their hometowns. On the gruesome side, some children were said to be extracted of organs for transplant to sick patients after payments made to the handlers of these children.
The said cases of kidnapping or abduction is quite alarming as anyone can be a victim of the crime. In some video footages, criminals snatch their preys even in broad daylight or even in the presence of some people on streets.
Criminals are getting bolder. This is so perhaps because of the need for money and because of the notion that a lot of people's pockets are full these days because of the season of Christmas bonuses.
There are instances when kidnapping has become a lucrative activity when wealthy Chinese businessmen were kidnapped for ransom. There were even groups then that were organized for the said purpose and they either went richer or to their graves.
Aside from kidnapping, there are petty crimes that usually happen on streets like snatching or robbery hold-ups. There are many of these that are caught on closed-circuit television cameras with the hapless victims stripped of their valuables at gunpoint.
In some places, there are reports of "akyat-bahay" incidents especially when some rich families are on holiday vacations. These robbers are bolder that despite the presence of CCTV cameras in big houses, they can still cart-away household items and personal belongings of occupants.
The Philippine National Police' statistics reveal that when the Yuletide nears, the crime rate increases significantly. Crimes happening in or near malls and shopping places is notable. When there are many people, there are many prospective victims too, said a criminal who was interviewed after getting caught by lawmen.
Typhoon Tisoy may be devastating. It is the time of the year when weather disturbances are at their strongest. There are some years when the Christmas season was spent by typhoon victims in resettlement areas or evacuation centers.
When typhoon strikes as the Yuletide is coming, there will be bleak celebrations of Christmas. There are also years when tragedy or disaster strikes when Christmas is nearing. Let's hope that this year won't be the same again when there are lives are taken and property destroyed.
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