Philippine police kill 7 kidnappers and rescue victim

Author: Associated Press

A special police anti-kidnapping unit killed three suspects in a raid on their
hide-out late last night in Cabuyao township of Laguna province where the
gang held 29-year-old businessman Jefferson Ching, said unit chief Isagani
Nerez.

In a second clash early today, pursuing officers killed four more gang members
who had escaped to Imus township in neighboring Cavite province, said Nerez,
who heads the Police Anti-Crime and Emergency Response unit.

The kidnappers had seized Ching in another Cavite town on Friday. His family
informed police who traced the kidnappers’ hide-out from a call made to the
family demanding 20 million pesos ($21,000) in ransom, said regional police
commander Perfecto Palad.

Kidnap gangs plagued the Philippines in the 1990s, targeting mostly wealthy
Chinese-Filipinos. Such crimes persist, but a tough police anti-kidnapping
campaign, backed by sophisticated surveillance and better cooperation from
victims’ families, has led to a decline.

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