Last Monday, a distraught man went to the police to seek help after his live-in partner was reportedly kidnapped. But he was later surprised to learn that it was his live-in partner who ‘kidnapped’ herself for a Php1-million ransom from him!
According to Supt. Elmer Cereno, spokesperson of Philippine National Police-Anti-Kidnapping Group (PNP-AKG), no one had an idea at the time that it was the woman herself who had ‘kidnapped’ herself.
When the incident was reported, it was treated just like any other kidnapping case. The cops helped the live-in partner negotiate with the ‘kidnappers’; although calls to the ‘kidnappers’ were always accepted by the ‘victim’.
At the time, the cops only thought that the kidnappers were just trying their best to keep their identities a secret and only let the woman answer the calls.
“Nagkatawaran, P1 million then bumaba ng P800,000 hanggang bumaba ng P20,000. Every time na tumatawag, nag-te-text, ang babae pa rin ang nakakausap,” Cereno revealed.
Soon, the anti-kidnapping unit was able to trace the kidnappers’ location to a resort in Lakandula, Lemery, Batangas, after 2 days of negotiating with them.
“Noong pumunta ang Luzon Field Unit natin, ‘yung investigation division ng Anti-Kidnapping [Group], na-trace natin ang kinaroroonan ng suspect, doon natin nalaman through proper investigation, natunton nila ang pinagtataguan ng suspect natin,” Cereno said.
The woman was shocked that the cops were able to find her, saying she had no idea that her live-in partner would go to the police for help. She admitted that she thought her plan would work so she could get him to give her money to pay for her debt which amounted to Php550,000.
Because she was being pressured to pay the debt, she thought that she could pretend getting kidnapped to get the money from her live-in partner.
“Naipit po ako sa malaking utang ko na kailangan kong bayaran ngayong lingo, P550,000. Ginamit ko po iyon sa negosyo at saka itinulong ko rin po sa pamilya ko. Di na po ako umuwi. Sumakay na lang po ako ng van. Hindi ko naman alam na papuntang Lemery pala yon,” the woman admitted.
The PNP-AKG is now filing a case of unjust vexation against the woman. As of press time, it is unknown whether her live-in partner would help her with the case and pay off her debts.