kidnappings in the Philippines - updates

Rappler's latest stories on kidnappings in the Philippines


2 Indonesians rescued from Abu Sayyaf

Dec 22, 2019 - 12:59 PM

Troops are trying to rescue one more Indonesian who remains in captivity

Husband of kidnapped Chinese woman claims she is back home

Dec 17, 2019 - 12:12 AM

But Makati Police Investigation Unit chief Major Gideon Ines Jr says they have yet to verify whether Zhou Mei, a POGO employee, is already back home

Zhou Mei's photo courtesy of Makati Police

Number of Chinese kidnapped in PH jumps by 71% in 2019

Dec 10, 2019 - 8:44 PM

In 2018, 34 Chinese were kidnapped. This year, that number rose to 58.

ARRESTS. The Philippine National Police Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG) nabbed 6 Chinese nationals allegedly involved in the kidnapping of a Chinese national named Mr. Xing Zhao in August 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Panelo falsely claims Makati kidnapping an 'isolated incident'

Dec 10, 2019 - 4:39 PM

Other officials make this claim despite police data showing a rise in kidnappings and a pattern in kidnappings involving Chinese

Chinese abducting POGO workers ‘fairly common’ – Makati investigator

Dec 10, 2019 - 4:10 PM

There is an average of one incident a month, says Makati Police Investigation Unit chief Major Gideon Ines Jr

ABDUCTION. A screengrab of the kidnapping on December 9, along Paseo de Roxas in Makati. Screengrab from Riders Fact/Facebook

Chinese woman kidnapped in Makati is POGO employee – police

Dec 10, 2019 - 2:27 PM

(UPDATED) The victim has been identified as Zhou Mei, 28, after her relatives come to the Makati Police to report the incident

Zhou Mei's photo courtesy of Makati Police

Actress Gabby Padilla on Duterte: 'Didn’t he promise you safer streets?'

Dec 10, 2019 - 9:05 AM

The actress tweets after a video of a kidnapping in Makati City – along a commercial road – goes viral on social media

OUTSPOKEN. Actress Gabby Padilla definitely isn't afraid of speaking out. Photo from Gabby Padilla's Instagram

Makati police confirm kidnapping along Paseo de Roxas

Dec 10, 2019 - 12:53 AM

Makati police investigations chief Major Gideon Ines says they are now conducting follow-up operations to trace the suspects

ABDUCTION. A screengrab of the kidnapping on December 9, along Paseo de Roxas in Makati. Screengrab from Riders Fact/Facebook

5 arrested for kidnapping fellow Chinese

Aug 03, 2019 - 3:18 PM

Police say the victim's family reportedly gave the kidnappers nearly a million pesos as initial payment for the release of the victim

ARRESTED. Police present the alleged kidnappers of Xing Zhao (in mask, at right) in Camp Crame on August 3, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Sulu kidnappers demand P5M for release of abducted policewomen

May 02, 2018 - 9:02 PM

PNP chief Albayalde says government will not yield to the demand as they see kidnapping as a 'terror activity'

KIDNAPPED. Police Officer 2 Benierose Alvares and Police Officer 1 Dinah Gumahad are kidnapped in Sulu. Sourced 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

PNP official dies rescuing kidnap victim

Dec 23, 2017 - 3:21 PM

Superintendent Arthur Masungsong is known in the PNP for successfully bringing home dozens of kidnap victims

5 Filipino kidnap victims of Abu Sayyaf rescued in Tawi-Tawi

Nov 20, 2017 - 4:24 PM

Rescued are Vergel Arquino from Davao City, and Jushua Ybanez, Emo Fausto, Junald Minalang, and Spriano Sordid, all from Pagadian City

RESCUED. The crew members of Fishing Boat Danvil 8 were kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf in October in Sulu. They are undergoing medical checkups at the Western Mindanao Command headquarters in Zamboanga City after their rescue on Friday, November 17, 2017. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

8-year-old Abu Sayyaf hostage freed

Feb 28, 2017 - 7:24 AM

UPDATED Rexon Romoc – freed after his family allegedly paid a P3 million ransom to the Abu Sayyaf – is presented to President Rodrigo Duterte

PALACE GUEST. Freed Abu Sayyaf hostage Ricson Romon, 8, is brought to Malacañang to meet President Rodrigo Duterte on February 28, 2017. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Dela Rosa orders PNP: Stop war on drugs

Jan 30, 2017 - 8:33 AM

President Duterte will determine when the police can go back to its anti illegal drugs operations says the PNP chief

HITTING BACK. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa during his assumption of command ceremony at Camp Crame on July 1, 2016. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

[Newspoint] Murder in the cathedral

Jan 23, 2017 - 11:34 AM

Why this brazenness why this air of impunity why this roguery?

Kidnapped students in Lanao del Norte rescued

Jun 07, 2016 - 7:07 PM

Authorities have yet to find two more students of the the Mindanao State University Iligan Institute of Technology

Kidnapped foreigners in the Philippines appear in video

Oct 13, 2015 - 7:12 PM

The 3 foreigners – Canadian and Norwegian nationals – who were kidnapped from a resort in Mindanao appear in a video posted online asking that assaults against the Islamic militant captors be stopped

This undated image grab taken on October 13, 2015 from a video uploaded on YouTube shows gunmen standing behind three foreign men (not pictured) and a Filipina (not pictured) who were kidnapped last month in the southern Philippines. Gunmen raided a luxury marina near the major southern city of Davao on September 21, abducting the Norwegian owner of the resort, two Canadian tourists and one of their girlfriends. No group immediately claimed responsibility but the video uploaded on YouTube on October 13 appeared to confirm it was the Abu Sayyaf, which has a long history of kidnappings-for-ransom in the southern Philippines. In the video, the three foreigners appealed for Philippine authorities to halt military assaults against the gunmen. AFP PHOTO / YOUTUBE ---EDITORS NOTE--- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / YOUTUBE" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - NO ARCHIVES

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

Abu Sayyaf captive released on Christmas eve

Dec 24, 2014 - 2:43 PM

There is no word if ransom was paid to the Abu Sayyaf

LAW ENFORCEMENT OPERATIONS: Rappler file photo of troops in Sulu

Korean businessman kidnapped in Zamboanga Sibugay

Sep 11, 2014 - 9:12 PM

Initial reports indicate 4 armed men kidnapped a Korean businessman on Thursday September 11 in Kabasalan town

Roxas to EDSA 'kidnap' suspects: Surrender for your own good

Sep 10, 2014 - 7:12 PM

So far only 3 out of 10 former and current cops in the EDSA kidnapping incident have surrendered Hindi natin sila tatantanan hindi sasantuhin says DILG Secretary Roxas

'GIVE UP.' DILG Secretary Mar Roxas urges the remaining suspects in the suspected EDSA kidnapping incident to surrender. File photo by Rappler

Let us handle it, says family of kidnapped filmmakers

Jun 24, 2013 - 4:29 PM

The Abu Sayyaf kidnap Linda and Nadjoua Bansil who were in Sulu to make a film about coffee growers

Freed Aussie hostage moving on

Jun 16, 2013 - 2:39 PM

Rodwell says he pulled up pretty well since he was released by the Abu Sayaff earlier this year after 15 months of captivity

BETTER. Warren Rodwell says he “pulled up pretty well” since he was released by Abu Sayaff earlier this year. Screenshot from

Fil-Canadian baby, nanny kidnapped

Feb 07, 2013 - 2:18 PM

Kidnappers are demanding a P50 M ransom

'Maria, we've been kidnapped'

Oct 10, 2012 - 8:07 PM

This is a story of how a journalist supported by key officers of the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines led negotiations against the Abu Sayyaf These are the decisions I made and the reasons behind them

KIDNAPPED. ABS-CBN's Ces Oreña-Drilon, June 2008, Sulu. (Video shot clandestinely by cameraman Jimmy Encarnacion)

Kidnapping in Bilibid: 5 cases in 2012

Sep 03, 2012 - 12:49 PM

At least 5 kidnapping incidents have occurred in the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa this year

Kidnapped Pinoy in Kenya safe

Jul 02, 2012 - 6:19 PM

DFA says it is prepared to assist Costes

New video of Australian kidnapped in PH

May 07, 2012 - 11:36 AM

The Australian government says Philippine authorities had received a second video of kidnap victim Warren Rodwell saying it proved he was still alive

Kidnapped Europeans now with Abu Sayyaf in Sulu

Feb 22, 2012 - 8:04 PM

Intelligence officials say the kidnapped Europeans were brought to Abu Sayyaf leader Yasser Igasan

TURNED OVER. Intelligence sources tell Rappler, Dutch Ewold Horn, 52, and Swiss Lorenzo Vinciguerra, 47, have been handed over to the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in Sulu. (File photo courtesy of Tawi-Tawi PNP)