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PNP claims that some of the crimes depicted in web footage occurred abroad.

PNP representatives briefed senators on Thursday that certain violent or illegal acts depicted in videos that have terrified many Filipino internet users did not take place on Philippine soil.

Senator JV Ejercito presented six crime films that went viral on social media during the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs investigation, which Senator Ronald Dela Rosa leads.

Only three of the six films were verified by the PNP as having occurred in the Philippines.

CCTV footage from an alleged kidnapping event that occurred on the Skyway was one of the videos played by Ejercito.

Regional Director of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), Brig. Gen. Jonnel Estomo, did not immediately provide any information on the three videos that allegedly occurred abroad. But he did go into detail about the events that took place in the Philippines.

Regarding the “Skyway” video, Estomo insisted that it was a robbery/holdup that was already thought to have been solved rather than a kidnapping.

The victim, a Malaysian national, was identified by one of the three suspects, according to Estomo.

He also denied rumors that the NCRPO is not in charge of maintaining law and order in Metro Manila.

“There may be an isang nangyari in July for the viral videos that are now popular. There is one there that occurred back in July, ang nangyari, parang sinabay-sabay nila. It appears that they posted [the footage] all at once “senators, Estomo said.

Estomo, however, asserted that he views it as a test of his authority and claimed that the NCRPO is attempting to lessen the number of crimes that take place within its purview.

“Kayo wag naman mag-alala. (Don’t be alarmed. Now that we have increased police presence, I believe we can lower the number of kidnapping and abduction instances in Metro Manila. Don’t worry, sir. Sagot ko at all times. Huwag kayong mag-alala sir. I’ll handle everything, sir “Dela Rosa was promised by Estomo.

“That is the commander, Yan ang. I applaud you for tanggapin mo lahat ng (accept all your) loss and success ng (of your) unit, “The legislator answered.

The PNP-Calabarazon verified a second video as occurring in Kawit, Cavite, when a male cadaver with a Chinese appearance was discovered.

The third video, which occurred in July of last year in a condominium in Paraaque and featured a Chinese national as one of the victims, was also confirmed by the Southern Police District. Twelve private Protective Agents acting as “bodyguards” for some VIPs were named as suspects.

Former PNP chief Senator Dela Rosa urged people not to panic because of all the violent films they see on social media.

“If this issue is solely one of public safety or public order, I believe the PNP should handle it (I know that the PNP can solve that). They are capable of overcoming any obstacles that are now in their path. That is currently in front of us, kayang-kaya ng PNP yan. The PNP has a solution for that, “said Dela Rosa.

The Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FCCCII) has asked its members to refrain from disseminating untrue information via social media or messaging services.

The FCCCII filed a statement to the committee, “These unsubstantiated facts may cause needless fear and undermine the international image of the Philippines as a tourism and investment destination.”

Imee Marcos, JV Ejercito, Grace Poe, and Ramon Revilla Jr., respectively, filed Senate Resolutions 185, 194, 195, and 287 recently, pleading with Dela Rosa’s committee to look into the allegedly rising number of kidnappings and abductions in the nation.


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