Police here said the captors of a Filipino-Chinese kidnap victim being kept in Maguindanao’s marshland have lowered the ransom demand from P15 million to P500,000.
“Our covert operations continue,” according to Senior Supt. Danny Reyes, city police director.
He said the lowered ransom demand was relayed to the family of Jinky Yap, owner of Aly General Merchandise who was kidnapped a week ago.
Reyes said the information came from some members of the business community in Cotabato City although Reyes “understood” the family’s reluctance to cooperate with law enforcers.
“Negotiations between the family and the suspects are ongoing,” he said, adding that the police and other law enforcement agencies are continuing their operations and maintaining the government’s no ransom policy.
A CCTV camera showed how Yap was forcibly taken from her store and dragged into a waiting van.
It showed a man in white shirt posing as customer and standing in front of Yap at about 6:50 p.m. Another man then approached the cash register where the victim was standing.
The man in white shirt grabbed Yap’s hand while the other leaped toward the counter and pushed the victim up over the counter en route to a waiting van.