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Pirates kidnap 6 off Benin – authorities

Jun 25, 2020 - 11:33 AM

Seoul's foreign ministry says 5 of its nationals were seized along with a Ghanaian

Western couple abducted in Burkina in 2018 found alive in Mali

Mar 14, 2020 - 9:05 PM

UN mission in Mali head Mahamat Saleh Annadif says the couple managed to escape their captors

FREED. Italian Luca Tacchetto (L) and Canadian Edith Blais (C) are greeted by officials as they arrive at the airport in Bamako on March 14, 2020, after their release by UN peacekeepers. Photo by Michelle Cattani/AFP

Welsh singer Duffy reveals rape, kidnap

Feb 26, 2020 - 8:41 AM

Duffy reveals that her long musical hiatus was spent recovering from a violent assault that saw her 'raped and drugged and held captive over some days'

With 14 cases, Trillanes awaits fate for non-bailable kidnapping

Feb 18, 2020 - 8:08 PM

The former senator says he is prepared to go to jail once more. 'Ito na yung landas na pinili naming gampanan.'

BAIL ONCE MORE. Former Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV posts bail at the QC Metropolitan Trial Court Branch 138 on February 18, 2020, for a charge of conspiracy to commit sedition. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

PH closely monitors kidnap of 2 Filipino sailors in Cameroon

Jan 01, 2020 - 12:22 PM

The Filipino seamen are among 8 crew members of a Greek oil tanker abducted in a port in Cameroon on New Year's Eve

DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS. Photo from Wikicommons

Cebu police nab farmer for pretending to be kidnapper

Dec 23, 2019 - 11:26 PM

A security guard posts a photo of his missing daughter on Facebook. A farmer then pretends to be her kidnapper in order to demand ransom.


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

In Duterte-land, U2’s Bono touches on the taboo

Dec 11, 2019 - 5:12 PM

’You don’t compromise on human rights,’ he wants to tell the President

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

Student arrested in Cebu for posting viral kidnapping hoax

Dec 05, 2019 - 7:07 PM

The student will face cybercrime charges for the hoax post that went viral on Facebook

ARRESTED. Student is arrested in Danao City, Cebu, for a viral kidnapping host. Photo from Danao City's Facebook page

How ‘witnesses’ vs Duterte got Trillanes, Jesuit priest in trouble

Oct 22, 2019 - 3:33 PM

‘That's what scammers do – they would really namedrop you and claim that you met them,’ opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says of Guillermina Arcillas Barrido and Peter Joemel Advincula

Former senator Antonio Trillanes IV and jesuit priest Albert Alejo

Trillanes on kidnapping suit: This admin will do its worst

Oct 11, 2019 - 5:49 PM

Kidnapping is a non-bailable offense, compared to other cases filed against him since the Duterte presidency

KIDNAPPING. Key opposition figure and former senator Antonio Trillanes IV attends the DOJ hearing of the kidnapping complaint filed against him by Davao-based Guillermina Barrido-Arcillas. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

DOJ summons Trillanes in kidnapping case

Sep 27, 2019 - 2:10 PM

(UPDATED) 'My lawyers would be presenting lots of evidence to debunk this fantastic allegation,' says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, who has been summoned to appear before the Department of Justice on October 11

SUMMONED. The DOJ sends a subpoena to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV in a newly-filed case of kidnapping against the opposition figure. enate photo by Joseph Vidal

Newborn child kidnapped in Gingoog City

Sep 01, 2019 - 7:10 PM

Police say a woman believed to be around 57 to 63 years old took the baby from a child care center

FOOTAGE. CCTV screenshot of the suspect leaving the puericulture premises with the newborn baby. Photo provided by Gingoog City Police Office

Police file kidnapping complaint vs Trillanes, 3 others

Aug 30, 2019 - 10:50 AM

The PNP-CIDG files a kidnapping complaint against the former opposition senator, a priest, a nun, and a lawyer based on the claim of a witness that they barred her from leaving a convent in 2016

KIDNAPPED? Guillermina Arcillas submits a fresh affidavit to the CIDG accusing the group of former senator Antonio Trillanes of keeping her in a convent in Metro Manila. File photo by Editha Caduaya/Rappler

Pagcor to step up security after 'kidnappings' of casino players

Aug 29, 2019 - 7:25 PM

The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation says it will enhance casino surveillance and coordinate with government agencies to nab kidnappers targeting casino players


Makati police foil kidnap attempt on Chinese gaming employee

Aug 21, 2019 - 4:07 PM

Among the suspects is Zhaochun Chen of China, who tried to bribe the responding cops with P100,000 cash

17 Chinese, Ukrainian seamen kidnapped off Cameroon

Aug 17, 2019 - 9:43 AM

A source in the Cameroonian navy says the kidnappers are 'probably Nigerian pirates'

Lorenzana slams communists' recruitment of minors

Aug 08, 2019 - 10:28 PM

The defense chief hits the communist rebellion for allegedly luring students into joining groups that incite them to fight the government

CONDEMNATION. Defense Sec. Delfin Lorenzana at a press conference in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Police release 3 alleged Chinese kidnappers after victim left PH

Aug 07, 2019 - 9:20 PM

The victim, 24-year-old Lei Kun, already left the country, according to the Chinese consulate

CIDG files kidnapping charges vs Anakbayan leaders over 'missing' teen

Aug 07, 2019 - 5:35 PM

Anakbayan leaders Vencer Crisostomo and Einstein Recedes are accused of kidnapping and other crimes after a 17-year-old recruit left home

PARENTS. Distressed parents of minors who joined leftist groups spoke at the Senate hearing of the committee on public order and dangerous drugs. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

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

Mexico rescues 25 kidnap victims in call center

Jul 04, 2019 - 9:09 AM

Law enforcers free 25 people who were kidnapped from a call center in the Mexican resort city of Cancun

RESCUED. Members of the Mexican Navy and police guard the offices of the local attorney after 25 kidnapped people were rescued in Cancun, Quintana Roo state, Mexico on July 3, 2019. Photo by Elizabeth Ruiz/AFP

DOJ junks kidnapping suit vs human rights lawyer in Sagay massacre case

Jun 28, 2019 - 4:35 PM

The complainant, the father of a boy who survived the Sagay massacre, is a no-show at the hearings

Kidnapped French toddler found safe and sound, suspect held

May 06, 2019 - 3:09 PM

The toddler is recovered from a hotel in the city of Valence, some 200 kilometers from where he is snatched a few hours earlier on Sunday afternoon, May 5

FOILED KIDNAPPING. Deputy regional director of the Judicial police Eric Arella shows a picture of Osnachi, 2 years and 4 months, who was kidnapped in Marseille, after a press conference held late on May 5, 2019. Photo by Boris Horvat/AFP

Uganda hunt for kidnapped U.S. tourist enters third day

Apr 04, 2019 - 9:53 PM

'The operation to rescue the tourist is still ongoing,' Uganda's tourism minister, Godfrey Kiwanda, says on Thursday, April 4.

QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK. A hunt for a tourist and driver kidnapped from Queen Elizabeth National Park is underway. Image from Shutterstock.

Manhunt in Uganda after U.S. tourist and driver kidnapped

Apr 04, 2019 - 12:07 AM

Four kidnappers stop a group of tourists at gunpoint around dusk on Tuesday, April 2, as they pass through the Queen Elizabeth National Park to see wild animals

4 Chinese nabbed for kidnapping Australian man

Feb 22, 2019 - 11:04 AM

The Philippine National Police-Anti-Kidnapping Group rescues Australian Chen Jianting in a house in Makati City

U.S. arrests Jewish sect members for kidnapping children

Dec 29, 2018 - 2:52 PM

The US Attorney's Office from the Southern District of New York says the 4 men arrested are members of Lev Ahor, which practices a form of ultra-Orthodox Judaism

ARRESTED. Members of Lev Ahor, which practices a form of ultra-Orthodox Judaism were arrested after kidnapping children. Photo from Shutterstock

Satur Ocampo, France Castro face kidnapping, human trafficking charges

Nov 29, 2018 - 2:00 PM

(5th UPDATE) Police base the charges on the presence of 14 minors in the vehicles of the National Solidarity Mission, which had among its delegates former Bayan Muna representative Satur Ocampo and ACT Teachers Representative France Castro

ARRESTED. Mugshots of former Bayan Muna Representative Satur Ocampo and ACT Teachers Representative France Castro at the Talaingod Police Station. Photo courtesy of Police Regional Office 11

PNP monitors local officials linked to kidnap-for-ransom activities

Nov 26, 2018 - 2:34 PM

PNP chief Director General Oscar Alabayalde they are verifying intelligence reports involving Mindanao politicians preparing for the 2019 elections

TOP COP. PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde at a press conference at Camp Crame on Monday, November 12, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Malolos court affirms conviction and jail time vs Palparan, 2 soldiers

Nov 15, 2018 - 4:55 PM

Palparan’s subordinates wanted lesser jail time for surrendering voluntarily, but this plea is denied by the court

KIDNAPPING SENTENCE. General Jovito Palparan inside his cell at Recreational and Diagnostic Center of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on 4 October 2018. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Kidnap victim 'Duterte' rescued in Sulu

Nov 02, 2018 - 10:02 AM

Continued military operations against the Abu Sayyaf in Panamao, Sulu, paved the way for the rescue of Jose Duterte on All Saints' Day

RESCUED. Kidnap victim Jose Duterte, 66, is rescued from the Abu Sayyaf on November 1, 2018.

10 Filipino seafarers kidnapped in Gulf of Guinea

Oct 31, 2018 - 6:30 PM

The 10 Filipino seafarers were kidnapped in two separate incidents in the Gulf of Guinea, says the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs

Images from Shutterstock

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

Cayetano vows 'all efforts' for kidnapped OFWs in Nigeria

Sep 24, 2018 - 4:47 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano is set to report to President Rodrigo Duterte the alleged kidnapping of 7 overseas Filipino workers in Nigeria

ALL EFFORTS. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says the Philippines is 'doing all the efforts' for Filipinos reportedly kidnapped in Nigeria. Photo by Angie de Silva

People of the Philippines vs Jovito Palparan

Sep 17, 2018 - 5:11 PM

In this video, reporter Patricia Evangelista and filmmaker Kiri Dalena lay out the case against retired major general Jovito Palparan, accused of kidnapping and serious illegal detention

PALPARAN. Jovito Palparan being interviewed after a hearing. Photo by Geloy Concepcion

After Palparan conviction, lawyers target Gloria Arroyo

Sep 17, 2018 - 3:51 PM

‘We are looking at the angle of command responsibility of Palparan’s commander-in-chief Gloria Macapagal Arroyo,’ says private prosecutor Edre Olalia

Former AFP General Jovito Palparan being escorted by military during promulgation at the Bulacan Regional Trial Court on September 17, 2018. Palparan was guilty on Kidnapping for Serious Illegal Detention. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Palparan says he’s not ready for life imprisonment

Sep 17, 2018 - 12:42 PM

The mother of student activist Sherlyn Cadapan calls on Palparan to return her daughter, missing for 12 years now

NOT READY. Retired army major general Jovito Palparan says he's not ready to spend the rest of his life in jail after he was convicted and sentenced to life for kidnapping and serious illegal detention by the Malolos Regional Trial Court (RTC) on September 17, 2018. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Finding Sherlyn Cadapan

Sep 17, 2018 - 11:55 AM

Mother of disappeared UP student Sherlyn Cadapan speaks of her politicization in the 8 years since her daughter's disappearance. Even after Jovito Palparan's conviction, she hopes her daughter is alive.

'SHOW ME THE EXECUTIONER.' Linda Cadapan, mother of disappeared UP activist Sherlyn Cadapan, speaks at a rally before the NBI where Jovito Palparan is being held. Photo by Patricia Evangelista / Rappler

Jovito Palparan: The most wanted man in the country

Sep 17, 2018 - 11:22 AM

First published in 2013, we are republishing this story by Patricia Evangelista in light of Jovito Palparan's conviction on Sept 17. Based on interviews and sworn court statements.

BUTCHER. Jovito Palparan. Photo by Geloy Concepcion

Jovito Palparan found guilty

Sep 17, 2018 - 9:44 AM

(UPDATED) Palparan’s co-accused Lieutenant Colonel Felipe Anotado and S/Sgt Edgardo Osorio are also found guilty of kidnapping and serious illegal detention. The 3 are sentenced to 40 years in prison.

DETAINED. Senatorial candidate and retired Major General Jovito Palparan. Photo by Carlo Gabuco / Rappler

U.S., U.K. warn vs kidnapping threat in Palawan

Aug 14, 2018 - 7:45 PM

The United States cites information from the Western Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines 'on probable kidnapping' in Palawan

SECURITY ALERT. The United States warns its nationals against possible kidnapping in Palawan. File photo by AFP