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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

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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

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

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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

Seoul deploys warship to Libya after South Korean, Filipinos kidnapped

Aug 02, 2018 - 4:30 PM

Munmu the Great is now on its way to Libya to secure the release of 3 Filipino engineers and a South Korean who were abducted in an attack on a water project site in western Libya on July 6

CA affirms kidnapping conviction of actor Dennis Roldan

Jun 23, 2018 - 4:58 PM

'The prosecution was able to prove beyond reasonable doubt the guilt of the accused through testimonial and documentary evidence,' says the Court of Appeals

GUILTY. Court of Appeals sustains the lower court decision that found actor Dennis Roldan guilty of kidnapping. Photo by AFP

Court finds Cedric Lee guilty of kidnapping daughter with Vina Morales

May 28, 2018 - 2:26 PM

The Mandaluyong City Regional Trial Court says Lee's failure to return daughter Ceana to Morales was 'premeditated, intentional, and malicious'

LOOK: Duterte meets rescued cops

May 19, 2018 - 6:56 PM

Chief Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza fetches the two policewomen in Jolo and accompanies them to Davao City to meet the President

NOW FREED. President Rodrigo Duterte meets the two  policewomen who were in kidnapped in Sulu. All photos by Richard Madelo and Ace Moradante/Presidential Photo

Kidnapped policewomen in Sulu released – Albayalde

May 16, 2018 - 2:28 PM

(UPDATED) It is still unclear whether the cops were left unharmed, Albayalde says, as they haven't been debriefed regarding their experience

'RELEASED'. Police Officer 2 Benierose Alvares and Police Officer 1 Dinah Gumahad are kidnapped in Sulu. Sourced photo

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

Vigils, marches, prayers for 4th anniversary of Chibok kidnap

Apr 14, 2018 - 8:59 PM

Four years on, 112 girls are still being held by the Boko Haram

PRAYER. Members fo the 'Bring Back Our Girls' movement holds torchlight as they pray for the release of the remaining 112 out of 219 kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls ahead of the 4th anniversary of their snatching during a vigil in Lagos on April 13, 2018. Photo by Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP

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.

Boko Haram releases 76 abducted schoolgirls

Mar 21, 2018 - 6:37 PM

Information Minister Lai Mohammed says 'the 76 are those who have been documented,' adding that the release of the abducted students 'is ongoing'

Nigeria's Buhari meets parents of kidnapped schoolgirls

Mar 15, 2018 - 9:28 AM

The jihadists are still holding 112 students they abducted from Chibok, which sparked a global campaign for their release. The Dapchi kidnapping has been given less attention.

#BRINGBACKOURGIRLS. Parents go through list of 110 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram from Government Girls Technical College at Dapchi town in northern Nigerian on February 28, 2018. Photo by Aminu Abubakar/AFP

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

Search continues for kidnapped Argentinian girl, last seen in Indonesia

Feb 07, 2018 - 10:47 AM

Elizabeth Avalos, the mother of the missing girl, flew to Jakarta to continue her search for her daughter who was kidnapped in June 2017

MISSING. Elizabeth Avalos shows photos of her daughter, who she last saw on June 4, 2017. Photo by Deborah Lee/Rappler