Lapu still safe amid reported kidnappings, says Chan

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Lapu-Lapu City remains safe despite the kidnapping cases in the island city, Mayor Junard Chan assured everyone.

Last Monday, a 70-year-old Chinese national was successfully rescued after a bloody shootout that claimed the life of four kidnappers who police said are all Chinese nationals.

Following his meeting with the police, Chan pointed to “business rivalry” as one of the possible motives for the kidnapping. (

According to him, the police are now assessing all gathered data to establish the connection between the recent kidnap-for-ransom incidents targeting Chinese nationals and involving Chinese nationals.

This is not the first time that a kidnapping incident happened in Lapu-Lapu City involving Chinese nationals.

The first kidnapping incident happened sometime between November and December 2021. The second incident happened on May 7, where the victim was rescued and two suspected Chinese kidnappers were arrested. The third and latest kidnapping incident happened on May 25, where the victim was held for six days, stuffed inside a 3 feet by 5 feet wire dog cage without proper meal and proper rest.

Chan thanked the police and the Chinese community for cooperating and providing vital information in the investigation.