By Noreen Jazul
The Philippine National Police is mulling to put up Chinese Help Desks amid the rising number of Chinese nationals being involved in crimes.
The PNP said the number of Chinese nationals involved in casino-related kidnap-for-ransom crimes (KFR) has doubled last year, with 38 recorded cases.
In an interview with Bandila, PNP Spokesperson B/Gen Bernard Banac said the help desks will be set up in Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and Anti-Kidnapping Group (PNP-AKG) offices.
“Isa lamang ang tututok, hahawak, mag momonitor, at tatanggap ng mga reklamo at mag follow-up ng mga insidente involving Chinese nationals,” Banac said.
The help desk will be manned by 16 policemen with 12-hour shifts, according to Banac.
The policemen who will be designated in the help desks will also undergo Mandarin lessons.
Banac said the fund for the help desk, including the Mandarin lessons for the policemen, will come from PNP’s budget.
“Kung meron namang mabubuting loob na nais mag sponsor ng mga training o mga language schools na mag bibiga ng libreng courses sa atin kapulisan ay welcome naman,” he said.
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) earlier it will open a Chinese desk that will be manned by its counterparts from China as part of efforts to solve the growing number of crimes in the Philippines involving Chinese nationals. (With a report from Jeffrey Damicog)
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