Cops distribute anti-kidnapping flyers

THE cops of Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) have distributed anti-kidnapping flyers to establishments and individuals in the city, an official said.

Superintendent Ariel Huesca, the ZCPO spokesman, said the distribution of the flyers is intended to raise the public’s awareness on kidnapping incidents; however, Huesca did not say whether lawless elements have threatened to kidnap local businessmen.

Huesca said they have not also received report from businessmen about extortion activities by any lawless groups, but added: “The threat is always there. With regards to extortion, as of now we did not receive report.”

He said they do not discount the possibility that some of the local businessmen have received extortion letters “but don’t report to the police.”

The anti-kidnapping flyers came after the Abu Sayyaf rebels released businesswoman Michelle Panes, who was kidnapped last August 18 in Barangay Labuan in Zamboanga City.

Panes was freed on Christmas Eve at Barangay Bilaan, Talipao, Sulu.
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