Sen. Panfilo Lacson disclosed on Wednesday Chinese-Filipino pal was additionally victimized in a “kidnap extortion” racket perpetrated by rogue cops, as he vowed to launch a legislative inquiry into the “tokhang for ransom” case involving a South Korean businessman first reported by the Inquirer.
Lacson, chair of the Senate committee on public order and harmful medication, mentioned his pal was kidnapped in August final 12 months beneath related circumstances however was launched after he personally coordinated the case with the Philippine National Police.
“I owe it to my friend that I myself should call for a Senate inquiry into the Korean’s kidnapping and all other similar abominable kidnap extort activities of rogue members of the PNP when session resumes on Monday,” he informed the Inquirer.
The senator didn’t disclose the title of his pal however mentioned the kidnapping concerned members of the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Central Luzon.
‘Fabricated drug activities’
Lacson, who’s a former PNP chief and head of the defunct Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Task Force, mentioned his pal was taken “on the pretext of his fabricated drug activities.”
“Had I not interceded by literally pleading with his family to cooperate fully with a guarantee that he’d be safe, he could have suffered the fate of the recent Korean victim,” he mentioned.
Lacson mentioned he coordinated with Director Benjamin Magalong, PNP deputy chief for operations, who labored with the antikidnapping unit to resolve the case.
The pal was launched after ransom was paid by the household. The trade, Lacson mentioned, was “closely monitored by the PNP” and the suspects have been led by a chief inspector, who “were all positively identified and were relieved under custodial investigation of the PNP.”
The suspects are present process preliminary investigation on the Department of Justice (DOJ).
He mentioned he was not conscious of the present standing of the police officers concerned, however reiterated an earlier remark that the PNP had been sluggish in appearing on kidnap-extortion instances.
“My friend’s case happened in August. The summary dismissal proceedings should be finished by now,” he mentioned.