THE Philippine National Police Anti-Kidnapping Group (PNP-AKG) has boosted its “move and investigate” capability with additional motorcycles and computers, and other office equipment donated by its stakeholders, the Journal Group learned on Saturday.
The anti-kidnapping unit headed by Brigadier General Rudolph B. Dimas received five brand-new Yamaha NMax motorcycles worth around P570,000 last Friday from the AKG Advisory Group for Police Transformation and Development, or AKG-AGPTD chaired by Liana M. Barro.
The anti-kidnapping unit also received four laptops and four desktop computers with printers worth around P243,000 from the Public Safety Savings and Loan Association, Inc., represented by its president, retired Police Director Ernesto V. Belen.
Brig. Gen. Dimas said the new equipment they got from the AKG-AGPTD and the PSSLAI will help them further improve their effort to fight kidnap-for-ransom (KFR) groups and other forms of criminality in the country.
The PNP-AKG needs more unmarked motor vehicles to conduct surveillance operations against identified KFR gang members, including Chinese nationals involved in the abduction of POGO (Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator) workers and online casino employees, and other private company officials in the country.
Sophisticated computer equipment is also needed in investigating KFR syndicates, especially in following up their trails and conducting profiling of their top leaders and other associates.