Last night, a Chinese woman was kidnapped along Paseo de Roxas corner Nieva Street in Makati City. Police are currently investigating the situation.
Eyewitnesses told Inquirer.net that the woman approached a white van and was later dragged by two men. Police Col. Rogelio Simon, head of Makati City police, suspects that the victim might’ve known the suspects. He says that this is the first time an incident like this has happened in Makati.
In the past few months, there had been reports of Chinese employees being kidnapped in various cities in the Philippines. One of the latest cases involved a Chinese man who allegedly heads a crime gang that preys on other Chinese nationals. He was apprehended last November for allegedly threatening two Chinese nationals of kidnapping if they didn’t pay P200,000.
Meanwhile, a video on the Makati incident also made rounds on social media. It showed the van speeding away with its door still open and you hear a woman screaming from inside the vehicle.
Netizens who saw the video questioned why bystanders didn’t help the woman. A witness told ABS-CBN News, “Nakakatakot din po kasi baka may dala ‘yong kumidnap kaya wala nang nakialam.” (The abductors might be armed that’s why no one intervened.)
But with kidnapping cases becoming rampant in the Philippines, particularly in Metro Manila, lately, what should people do when they see a kidnapping?
First, they should call for help immediately. The Philippines has a National Emergency Hotline (911) where you can report such incidents. You can also call the local city police.
Second, check if there are police officers nearby and ask for help. Also, take note of the kidnappers’ faces and the plate number of the vehicle they’re in. This will make it easier for police to track down the suspects and save the victim.
Lastly, remember to stay vigilant and be alert, especially at night. If you think someone is suspicious is in the area, go to crowded areas or places with guards to keep yourself and your companion safe. Bring a can of pepper spray or a whistle as well if possible. More importantly, let your family and friends know where you are at all times.