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‘You can have my daughter:’ Gokongwei rejected ransom demand from Robina’s kidnappers, Lacson says

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When the daughter of taipan John Gokongwei Jr. was kidnapped several years ago, she was safely rescued by police authorities without any ransom payment.

Senator Panfilo Lacson disclosed the piece of information as he remembered the courage and generosity of the late industrialist.

Gokongwei passed away Saturday at the age of 93.

He said Gokongwei sternly refused the ransom demand made by his daughter Robina’s kidnappers.

“In 1981, I instructed him not to sound intimidated while negotiating for Robina’s ransom snapped at her kidnappers, ’10M? Do you know how long it’ll take me to count that much money? You can have my daughter!’ I said, not too bold either Mr John. Rest In Peace, John Gokongwei Jr.,” Lacson tweeted.

When a netizen asked if ransom was paid in exchange of Robina’s freedom, the former police chief said they rescued her “just before the ransom payment, so no ransom was paid.”

He said Gokongwei offered reward money to the law enforcers but he declined.

“Afterwards, John offered P400K as reward money which I politely declined. He officially donated 10 mobile cars to the PC Metrocom instead thru then Chief PC Fidel V. Ramos,” he said.

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