Military ordinate urges Filipino to “be aware but not alarmed” on rising kidnap cases

The Military Ordinate of the Philippines (MOP) reminded the public to stay alert at all times against criminality.

In an interview with Radio Veritas, Bishop Oscar Jaime Florencio said that while cases of kidnapping and other forms of crime are considered isolated cases, he appealed to everyone to take precautionary measures to avoid getting involved in these kinds of unlawful activities.

He also shared that he had a meeting with the Philippine National Police under their new chief, General Rodolfo Azurin, Jr., and assured that the authorities are taking action against these criminal elements.

“Let us be aware and not be alarmed because the police are doing their best to address this situation,” Bishop Florencio stressed.

“Let us just be preventive. To the parents, guardians, and everyone else, let us be vigilant, and they should know where their child is and then take precautionary measures,” he added.

The MOP’s statement was in response to the increasing incidents of kidnapping between June 17 to July 4, specifically those cases of “van kidnapping” which became viral in social media.

Azurin guaranteed that these kidnapping reports are being investigated thoroughly by the PNP. (Lem Leal Santiago/SOCOM-Binondo Church)



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