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Recent Rash of Kidnappings in Philippines

A recent rash of kidnappings in the Philippines could be the work of people aiming to destabilize the government, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo said Monday. Arroyo said she will continue consulting with Congress about calls from relatives of kidnap victims and the Chinese-Filipino community that the government use the death penalty for kidnappers. But she emphasized that capital punishment “is not the end-all to heinous crimes.” “There could be a destabilization aspect in these events and we are monitoring it closely,” Arroyo said in a statement. “I am resolved to take all means to deter the commission of heinous crimes and strengthen criminal justice.” Her spokesman, Ignacio Bunye, said Arroyo “is not closed to the idea of implementing the death penalty, especially on a case-by-case basis for the high-profile drug and kidnapping cases.” Full Story

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