Alarming rise in kidnappings


MANILA: An anti-crime group said yesterday that kidnapping cases in the Philippines had surged this year, as police found the body of the latest victim, a Chinese-Filipino executive with Coca Cola Export Corp.  

Police said the body of Betty Sy was found wrapped in a blanket and garbage bag early yesterday morning, a day after she was taken at gunpoint.  

Minority ethnic Chinese are a common target for kidnap gangs, and abductions tend to rise in the period before Christmas and ahead of elections, scheduled for next May. 

Teresita Ang-See of the Movement for the Restoration of Peace and Order said there had been a 30% increase in kidnapping cases in the first nine months of the year. – Reuters  

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