MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police will send three Anti-Kidnapping Group (PNP-AKG) personnel to China to study Mandarin.

PNP-AKG spokesperson Police Lieutenant Colonel Elmer Cereno announced that the course will help with the increasing number of Chinese-related kidnapping incidents.

The police division coordinated with the Chinese Consul police.

Ito kasi ‘yung nagiging problema natin ‘pag may nare-rescue tayong mga Chinese at saka nahuhuli tayong mga kidnappers na Chinese rin. Kailangan muna nating mag-hire ng interpreter para malaman natin kung ano talaga ang puno’t dulo ng pag-kidnap sa kanila, (Our problem is that when we rescue Chinese and arrest Chinese kidnappers, we need to hire an interpreter first to find out the reason behind the kidnapping,)” Cereno said, adding that private interpreters are paid by the hour.

The fee for the course, which will last for roughly a month, will be shouldered by the Chinese Consul. Around 20 PNP-AKG personnel are expected to take the course, prioritizing negotiators and investigators.

Since 2017, over 50 casino-related kidnapping incidents have been recorded and 120 Chinese nationals have been arrested by authorities on various charges. (HGBH/LMO)

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