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PIA Press Release
2010/12/03

PNP tightens security in Gensan against KFR groups

General Santos City (3 December) -- With the proliferation lately of kidnap-for-ransom (KFR) incidences in Region XII, City Philippine National Police (PNP) Director SSupt. Cedrick Train ordered to tighten the security here following intelligence reports that a certain KFR group is planning to extend its operation in Gensan.

Train, in an interview over a local radio station here, said they are putting up more checkpoints and provide police visibility in strategic areas in the city to discourage the said KFR group from doing criminal acts in this area.

On weekend, a suspected member of the notorious Pentagon KFR group under Tahir Alonto was abducted by members of Police Anti-Crime and Emergency Response (PACER) 12 in Mlang, Cotabato.

The suspect was allegedly behind the kidnapping few years ago of a Chinese businessman in Tacurong City and is being investigated for his alleged involvement in the recent abduction of a businesswoman in Sto. Niņo, South Cotabato.

Early this November, a Chinese businessman was seized by armed men in his office in Gensan, but was rescued immediately by the joint forces of police and military after they alerted all checkpoints in the city.

Moreover, most of the KFR victims in Mindanao, as reported by local radio and TV stations here, were abducted by the infamous Pentagon KFR Group.

According to Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, "Pentagon members are known to retreat to Liguasan Marsh with their victims in tow.

The group's base it said is "Liguasan Marsh, an area where a wildlife sanctuary exists and where several rivers converge. It is also the base of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the MNLF's successor, and under whose shadow the gang operates. This is partly why the Pentagon is sometimes mistaken for the MILF." (pgf/PIA-SarGen) [top]

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