DAGUPAN CITY, July 16 (PIA) — The newly-created Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG) of the Philippine National Police is establishing a satellite office here to deal with kidnapping incidents in Pangasinan and nearby provinces.
P/Senior Supt. Isagani R. Nerez, PNP- AKG director, said the AKG would be the primary unit of the PNP in handling all kidnapping and hostage negotiation cases in the country.
He said the AKG will be operating in the whole province of Pangasinan and nearby provinces in close collaboration with the Police Regional Office 1, Pangasinan Police Provincial Office and the Dagupan City Police Station.
The AKG has replaced the Police Anti-Crime Emergency Response (PACER), which had been deactivated by the National Police Commission (Napolcom).
As for protection from becoming a kidnap victim, Nerez advised the public to be always on alert and to maintain a good relationship with neighbors. He said kidnappers usually act on tips given by the victim’s maid, the security guards or even close friends. It is wise, he added, to always travel on lighted areas in the company of another.
Nerez and Dagupan City Mayor Benjamin S. Lim signed a memorandum of agreement allowing the PNP-AKG to use the building which formerly served as the headquarters of the Dagupan City PNP situated at the Perez Market site.
Lim gladly welcomed the PNP-AKG in the city, saying “it is significant that the city was chosen to be the home of AKG as the city is the center of activity in the north.”
PNP-AKG Luzon will be under the leadership of P/Supt. Amando Lagiwid. (JCR/VHS-PIA1 Pangasinan, with reports from CIO)