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Rappler's latest stories on kidnapping for ransom


Cop tagged in businessman's slay escapes police custody

Oct 08, 2018 - 6:22 PM

Former Parañaque cop who is suspected of leading a kidnap-for-ransom group escapes from the custody of Cagayan provincial police

Cavite court convicts kidnapper in 13-year case

Oct 04, 2018 - 11:14 AM

It's a bittersweet victory for the kidnap victim whose family received death threats in the course of the trial. His 3 other kidnappers remain at large.

GUILTY. Convicted kidnapper Virgilio Cupino is brought out of the hall of justice after being sentenced to life imprisonment. Photo by Tina Ganzon-Ozaeta

LOOK: The house where suspects kept kidnapped Letran student

Aug 07, 2018 - 6:11 PM

Inside this house, the police say a 19-year-old victim was hogtied and denied food and water almost 3 days

RESIDENTIAL SAFE HOUSE? The 19-year-old Letran student was kept hogtied in one of the small rooms of this 4-story house in Balut, Tondo, Manila City. Locals say the home belongs to the family of student suspect Ferdinand dela Vega Jr. Rappler photos

Letran student kidnapping: A fraternity initiation gone wrong?

Aug 07, 2018 - 4:19 PM

For their Letran high school classmates, the case of the suspects in the kidnap-for-ransom of a 19-year-old is a botched initiation ceremony

KIDNAPPING RITE? Letran Senior High School classmates of arrested suspects say they may just have been involved in a fraternity initiation rite gone wrong. Graphic by Alyssa Arizabal/Rappler

Letran breaks silence on kidnapping, vows to help in probe

Aug 06, 2018 - 10:14 PM

Of the 10 suspects in the kidnap-for-ransom case, 7 are from Letran, including the alleged mastermind

HELP PROMISED. Colegio de San Juan de Letran vows to help cops and the 19-year-old victim's family in the resolution of the kidnapping case.

4 arrested for kidnapping fellow student

Aug 06, 2018 - 3:16 PM

(UPDATED) The victim, a 19-year-old Letran student, is rescued in Manila after the mastermind – his classmate – confessed during interrogation

KIDNAPPED. A 19-year-old Letran student is kept inside a small room in Tondo, Manila by no less than fellow students. PNP photo

At least 5 dead in San Pablo kidnap rescue operation

Apr 10, 2018 - 10:29 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Police reveal the real identities of the killed suspects. A female cop who was injured during the encounter has also died.

Dela Rosa: Killers of PNP's Arthur Masungsong turn out to be NPA members

Feb 26, 2018 - 9:21 AM

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa says this is the first time he has heard communist guerrillas engaging in kidnaps-for-ransom

KILLED. Superintendent Arthur Masungsong was killed in a kidnap rescue operation against apparent NPA members. PNP photo

Cops nab kidnappers planning to sell 3-year-old girl for P8,000

Jan 03, 2018 - 7:57 PM

If selling did not work, cops say the kidnappers would have forced the girl to raise money by begging for alms in Cavite

CAPTURED. Kidnappers Giselle Omayan and Cerio Tinolete are taken into police custody. NCRPO-SPD photo

Suspected Abu Sayyaf member arrested in Zamboanga City

Dec 25, 2017 - 12:44 PM

Local cops and navy intelligence officers arrest Baser Ahmad based on a warrant arrest issued by a court in Basilan

Vietnamese hostage of Abu Sayyaf dies, 3 others rescued

Nov 10, 2017 - 10:15 PM

The local bandit group is still holding 7 foreigners and 9 Filipinos as captives

SOUTHWESTERN TIP. Tawi-Tawi province is located at the southwestern tip of the Philippine archipelago

PH Navy rescues Vietnamese hostage of Abu Sayyaf in Basilan

Aug 21, 2017 - 11:19 AM

Vietnamese Do Trung Huiqe is a crew member of MV Royal 16 that the bandits attacked in November 2016

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VICTIMS. Certain elements appear in the circumstances surrounding incidents of extrajudicial killings in the Philippine drug war. All photos by Alejandro Edoria

Philippines arrests 44 foreigners for kidnapping Singaporean

Jul 20, 2017 - 1:56 PM

The group was believed to be behind the series of kidnapping incidents against foreign nationals who are high roller casino players in recent months

SYNDICATE. Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa presents to media on Thursday, July 20, 2017, the 42 Chinese and 2 Malaysian nationals suspected to be behind kidnap-for-ransom and loan shark operations preying on casino patrons. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Abu Sayyaf beheads 2 Vietnamese hostages

Jul 05, 2017 - 11:11 AM

UPDATED Hoang Trung Thong and Hoang Va Hai were among the crew members of a Vietnamese cargo vessel attacked by the Abu Sayyaf off Sibago Island in Basilan in November 2016

Another notorious Abu Sayyaf leader killed

Apr 29, 2017 - 9:04 AM

3RD UPDATE Alhabsy Misaya – the leader of an Abu Sayyaf subgroup in Indanan Sulu – is dead says the military

2 Filipino crewmen taken off Basilan

Mar 23, 2017 - 8:13 PM

They were taken on Thursday March 23 the same day the Philippine Navy rescued two Malaysian hostages of the Abu Sayyaf Group in Sulu

Abu Sayyaf kidnaps 13 in Duterte's first months

Mar 10, 2017 - 4:31 PM

The worsening situation in Sulu is prompting the military to consider transferring an entire division to province

NDCP FORUM. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana speaks about the country's security challenges. Rappler photo

Indian national fears fabricated rape case against him

Feb 19, 2017 - 9:40 AM

Crime in the Indian community is reminiscent of recently reported crime among Koreans in Pampanga

Korean 'tipster' working with corrupt cops – Central Luzon Police

Feb 01, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The Korean tipster identified by the Central Luzon Police as working with scalawag cops in Angeles City is the same man who helps rescue 3 Korean tourists

TIPSTER? Thomas Jung, the Korean identified by Central Luzon Police as working with scalawag cops, attends the case conference with investigators on Tuesday, January 31, to file his statements as a witness. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Jee Ick Joo case: Tangled webs, inconsistent stories

Jan 28, 2017 - 1:40 PM

Will the National Bureau of Investigation and Philippine National Police be able to work together and arrive at the truth?

'TOKHANG FOR RANSOM?' SPO3 Ricky Sta. Isabel, the principal suspect in the kidnap and murder of Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Duterte wants kidnappers 'blown up,' even with hostages

Jan 14, 2017 - 11:20 PM

About the hostages that could die because of his orders Duterte says Sorry collateral damage

'SORRY HOSTAGES.' President Rodrigo Duterte explains his policy against kidnappers. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Abu Sayyaf releases 2 more Indonesian captives

Dec 12, 2016 - 6:17 PM

The military says the captives were released because of its sustained manhunt operations that pressured the terrorists to immediately negotiate

FREE. Two Indonesian hostages are freed by the Abu Sayyaf. Photo from Philippine Military

3 soldiers killed in clash with Abu Sayyaf

Dec 10, 2016 - 5:24 PM

The group that clashed with the military is believed to be led by Abu Sayyaf senior leader Radullan Sahiron

Two Indonesian fishermen abducted near Malaysia: official

Nov 20, 2016 - 3:38 PM

The waters between Malaysia s eastern state of Sabah on Borneo island and the southern Philippines have for years seen repeated kidnappings by the Abu Sayyaf militant group

Dela Rosa brings home kidnap suspect after Thailand trip

Oct 16, 2016 - 1:00 PM

The suspect an alleged member of a kidnap for ransom group is wanted for the abduction and death of a Chinese Filipino engineer in 2005

THAILAND VISIT. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa in Thailand. Photo from Dela Rosa's Facebook page

Armed men kidnap fisherman off Malaysia

Sep 28, 2016 - 2:16 PM

Malaysian authorities say the kidnappers came in a fast craft and headed in the direction of southern Philippine waters after the incident

P50-M ransom paid to Abu Sayyaf for Norwegian hostage – Duterte

Aug 25, 2016 - 1:55 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says ransom has been paid for Norwegian hostage Kjartan Sekkingstad who has yet to be released by the Abu Sayyaf

RANSOM PAID. President Rodrigo Dutere updates reporters on Norwegian kidnap victim Kjartan Sekkingstad, who is being held by the Abu Sayyaf, on August 25, 2016. Photo by Editha Caduaya/ Rappler

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Jun 27, 2016 - 12:19 PM

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Southeast Asian nations to cooperate vs kidnappers

Jun 20, 2016 - 8:13 PM

The Philippines Malaysia and Indonesia agree to consider coordinated steps including possible joint patrols to tackle a wave of seaborne crime after a Filipino Muslim gang kidnapped numerous foreigners and murdered some of them

RETURN. Indonesian sailors, who were taken hostage by the Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines, get off a plane upon their arrival at Halim Perdanakusuma Airbase in Jakarta, on May 1, 2016. Photo by Jefri Tarigan / AFP

AFP: No conspiracy with Abu Sayyaf

Jun 18, 2016 - 10:27 PM

The Armed Forces says in a statement commanders on the ground are in full control of our troops and are focused on their primary mission of getting these criminals and saving the hostages

TIGHT SECURITY. Filipino soldiers stand guard at a military checkpoint during Philippine President Benigno Aquino III's trip to the island of Sulu, southern Philippines, on June 15, 2016, after the murder of Canadian national Robert Hall. Photo by Ben Hajan/EPA

Abu Sayyaf 'outsourcing' kidnap operations – police

Jun 14, 2016 - 3:00 PM

The Abu Sayyaf has reportedly hired other criminal groups and outsiders to do the intelligence gathering and heavy lifting in connection with its kidnap for ransom activities

OUTSOURCED CRIME. Police Senior Superintendent Edwin Buenaventura C. Wagan, Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Police Directcor, fields questions at a press conference in Camp Hamac, Dipolog City, on June 14, 2016.  Photo by Gualberto Laput/Rappler

Time to stop kidnap for ransom in Sulu

Apr 27, 2016 - 5:51 PM

Clearly the strategy the Philippine government has adopted with regard to the ASG is not working It is time to take more aggressive measures

Trembling Philippine hostages recall escape from captivity

Aug 21, 2015 - 4:13 PM

Sporting long beards Gringo Villaruz and Rod Allain Pagaling say luck and quick wit aided their escape from Abu Sayyaf militants on the remote southern island of Jolo

FREE. Rescued Philippine coast guard worker Gringo Villaruz (L) and Alan Pagaling (2nd L-behind, with beard) are escorted out of the hospital after they were rescued from Al-Qaeda militants, in the town of Jolo on the Philippine southern island of Mindanao on August 20, 2015. AFP PHOTO

2 Coast Guard personnel rescued from Abu Sayyaf

Aug 20, 2015 - 9:57 AM

Gringo Villaluz and Rod Pagaling were abducted in May in Dapitan City and brought to Sulu province They are now in the custody of Task Force Sulu

SULU ISLAND COMMANDER. Colonel Allan Arrojado of the Philippine Army

Facebook video: Hostages are our men, says Coast Guard

Jun 24, 2015 - 7:00 PM

The video which has gone viral shows the two members of PCG and a barangay captain kneeling on the ground half naked and surrounded by masked gunmen in camouflage

Suspect in murder of CDO mayor's relatives arrested

Jun 16, 2015 - 4:53 PM

Suspect Alikhan Dimnatang heads the Dimnatang kidnap for ransom group and has pending arrest warrants for murder frustrated murder and attempted murder

Philippine policeman arrested over Australian's kidnapping

May 18, 2015 - 7:44 PM

Jun Malban allegedly the negotiator of Abu Sayyaf Group in the kidnapping of Warren Rodwell in 2011 was deported from Malaysia to the Philippines on May 15

Swiss man returns home after hostage ordeal in PH

Dec 12, 2014 - 6:56 PM

Back in Zurich birdwatcher Lorenzo Vinciguerra describes the moment he decided he could not spend a 3rd Christmas in captivity by the terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group

ESCAPED. Swiss birdwatcher Lorenzo Vinciguerra, 49, with Filipino soldiers after his escape from the terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group in southern Philippines. Armed Forces file photo

Kidnapped Swiss birdwatcher escapes from Abu Sayyaf – AFP

Dec 06, 2014 - 11:37 AM

UPDATED The military and the group of Abu Sayyaf subleader Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan also clash after the escape of Swiss Lorenzo Vinciguerra

China warns citizens to avoid the Philippines

Sep 12, 2014 - 6:03 PM

Given the worsened security situation in the Philippines the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs urges citizens not to travel to the Philippines for the time being

Kidnap-for-ransom suspect who escaped Davao prison nabbed

Sep 08, 2014 - 4:34 PM

Martin Lico is a member of the Alferez and Ozamis syndicates that engage in kidnap for ransom and bank robbery He escaped Davao prison 2 decades ago

Ex-congressman and actor Dennis Roldan guilty of kidnapping

Aug 26, 2014 - 5:14 PM

The former actor and Quezon City representative now a full time pastor plans to appeal the verdict which he believes is part of divine will

Bansil sisters: Storytellers even in captivity

Mar 02, 2014 - 1:08 PM

In the jungles of Sulu Linda and Nadjoua talked about stories and future documentaries

FREED. The Bansil sisters face media during a press conference in Sulu, held days after their release. Photo by Rappler/Richard Falcatan

NUJP calls for release of kidnapped Fil-Moroccan filmmakers

Jun 23, 2013 - 10:16 PM

UPDATED The media group says the kidnapping reinforces the image of the Philippines as the most dangerous country for media workers to operate on

ASG kidnaps 2 Fil-Morrocans in Sulu

Jun 22, 2013 - 11:26 PM

UPDATED The Lucky Nine Group of the Abu Sayyaf forcibly takes sisters Nadjova B Abdelbasit and Linda Abdelbasit in Patikul Sulu

University employee abducted in Zamboanga City

Jun 22, 2013 - 10:47 PM

The victim is Alrashid Maha Roxas 56 a a clerk at the Islamic Studies unit of the Western Mindanao State University

PNP begins probe on Rodwell kidnap

Apr 01, 2013 - 8:12 PM

Freed Australian hostage Warren Rodwell met with a Philippine prosecutor on Monday to help prepare charges against the Islamic extremists who held him in captivity for 15 months

File Photo. RAPPLER/John Javellana

Aquino: Nationwide crime volume down

Jan 12, 2013 - 3:35 PM

The trend excludes Metro Manila where the numbers are higher