Eight kidnap victims of Chinese-Filipino descent, including seven school children, were released by the kidnappers three days after they were snatched in Valenzuela City.
The victims include the father of three of the children, and four of their cousins. They were waylaid by an unknown criminal gang in the early hours of Thursday in Valenzuela City as the father was about to drive the children to their respective schools in Caloocan City and Quezon City.
The Police Anti-Crime Emergency Response (PACER) refused to give any information on the case, including the identities of the victims and if ransom was paid before the victims were released.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) and PACER, and crime watchdog group Movement for the Restoration of Peace and Order (MRPO) have warned the public of rising criminal activities, particularly kidnapping, from September to December.
The incident was the fifth kidnap-for-ransom case since President Aquino assumed office last June 30.