Press Release
September 23, 2015

Drilon denounces kidnapping in Davao

Saying that the kidnapping in Davao is an "isolated law enforcement incident," Senate President Franklin M. Drilon on Tuesday urged the Philippine National Police (PNP) to act with dispatch in the investigation of the abductions and work for the immediate and safe release of the victims.

"I condemn in the strongest terms the recent abductions of these foreigners along with a Filipino woman in Davao and call upon the Philippine National Police to ensure safe return of these individuals to their families and arrest the perpetrators of this crime the soonest," said Drilon, a former executive and justice secretary.

It has been reported that three foreigners - two Canadian citizens, a Norwegian and a Filipino woman - were abducted by a group of people, whose identities are still being investigated by the authorities.

"I urge the police authorities to mobilize their resources to secure the immediate release of the victims," said Drilon.

While the case is isolated in the generally peaceful Mindanao, Drilon said that this kind act "has no place in our society."

"Those who commit crimes like kidnappings and illegal abductions have no place in a civilized society like ours. We must enforce the law and make sure that kidnappers will face the full consequences of their criminal actions," stressed Drilon.

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