By Jun Ramirez
Two revenue district officers in Metro Manila were reportedly kidnapped and subsequently released after the kidnappers took away large sum of cash and other valuables last week, sources at the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) revealed on Friday.
Several revenue officials, who requested anonymity, confirmed the kidnap-for-ransom (KFR) incidents but could not say how much was stolen as the victims did not report the crime to the police for fear of reprisal and possibly being questioned later for the sources of the stolen cash.
But other sources estimated the “ransom” between P50 million to P100 million.
The two BIR officials, the sources said, were separately on their home last week when they were seized by members of the KFR gang, taken to their respective residences, where at gunpoint they were forced to open their cash vaults.
The sources said the KFR operation has the feature of the operations of the so-called “ninja” cops – arresting and ransacking houses of their victims for cash and other valuables.
Previously, there were also unreported cases of robbery in which cash-filled vaults of revenue officials were carted away by robbers, prompting then BIR Commissioner Kim S. Jacinto-Henares to remark: “Kayo-kayo langyan.”
This meant that the information about cash and other expensive items kept by revenue officials were provided by BIR insiders to robbers, or they themselves masterminded the whole thing.