Four policemen arrested in Pasay for kidnapping Malaysian and foreign tourists

Philippines News Agency (PNA), reported that four Filipino police officers suspected of being members of a kidnapping ring were arrested in Pasay City for abducting four foreigners.

Interior and Local Government Department Sec. Benjamin Abalos Jr. and Philippine National Police Chief General Rommel Francisco marbil introduced the suspects, Major Christel Villanueva and Staff Sergeant Ralph Tumanguil and Master Sergeant Ricky Tabora and Senior Master Sergent Angelito David, at a press briefing held on Wednesday, June 6.

Villanueva, Tumanguil, Tabora, and David are all assigned to Pasay City Police Station.

The victims, a Malaysian national and three Chinese citizens, were reportedly abducted on board a sports utility vehicle on Taft Avenue near Pasay City around 12.30am June 2.

Two police officers on a PNP motorbike and a group armed men in a white van flagged down the victims’ vehicle, PNA reported.

Two victims were forced in the van while the two others resisted, and managed to escape.

The Barangay officials reported the incident and helped those who managed to escape.

Abalos stated that the two Chinese nationals abducted were released on 3 June after paying a USD42,635 ransom.

The suspects were identified and arrested on June 3 after a backtracking the CCTV footage of the incident.

PNA, citing Abalos said that 10 additional civilian suspects, as well as two other individuals who are the alleged masterminds in the case, were still on the loose.

Abalos also expressed his displeasure at the illegal use of police resources.

This incident represents a grave breach of public confidence and the core values of police. He said that the PNP would not tolerate misconduct in its ranks.

“We do not like it when police officers are involved in illegal activity. Marbil said that the life-long imprisonment is a harsh punishment and should be a warning to all police officers.

The suspects are currently detained at Pasay City Police Station. They were charged on Tuesday (4th June) with kidnapping and ransom, and car theft by the Pasay City Prosecutor’s Office.

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