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5 dead, 3 injured in Laguna kidnapping shootout

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

Crime scene where four suspected kidnap-for-ransom group were dead on the spot after an encounter with authorities on Maharlika Highway in Barangay San Nicolas San Pablo Laguna.

LAGUNA, Philippines — Four suspected members of a kidnap-for-ransom group were dead on the spot after an encounter with authorities on Maharlika Highway in Barangay San Nicolas San Pablo Laguna at 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Three policemen from Candelaria Police Station were injured while one policewoman, identified as P01 Ma. Zarah Jane Andal, was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.

A by-stander was also rushed to the hospital after being hit by a stray bullet during the encounter.

According to initial investigation, the suspects were about to conduct a pay-off for their kidnap victim, Ronaldo Arquelles, who was abducted from his residence on Monday night.

The suspects however, sensed the approaching police vehicle and started to open fire; prompting the operatives to fire back.

The kidnap victim is in critical condition. He was found to be included on the drug watch list and is considered a high-value target.

Investigation on the encounter is currently ongoing. — Sherwin Culubong | UNTV News & Rescue

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3 kidnappers nabbed in PNP-AKG op

by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

Three members of the Ricky Barrios kidnapping syndicate arrested by the PNP-AKG

MANILA, Philippines — Three members of the Ricky Barrios kidnapping syndicate were arrested by the personnel of Philippine National Police Anti-Kidnapping Group (PNP-AKG) in yesterday’s follow up operation.

One of the arrested suspects is SPO2 Leo Leal Pamonag who is assigned at  Calabarzon police.

PNP-AKG director PSSupt. Glen Dumlao said Pamonag was the supplier of police uniforms, ammunition, firearms and grenade that were being used by five slain kidnappers in San Pablo, Laguna.

Apart from Pamongay, Glen Tancingco who rented the vehicles used by the suspects was also arrested.

Lalaine Barrios, sister of the group’s leader, was also among those arrested. — UNTV News & Rescue


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Police rescue kidnapped Japanese in Bulacan, 3 suspect arrested

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

The three suspects arrested by the Anti-Kidnapping Group of the Philippine National Police for kidnapping a Japanese national

The PNP Anti Kidnaping Group (PNP-AKG) rescued a Japanese national in Plaridel, Bulacan last April 5.

The victim identified as Yuji Nakajima arrived in the country last March 22 with another Japanese national identified as Yusuke Obara.

Obara brought Nakijima to the country in order to pay his debts by working for him.

On the same day, two men went to the hotel in Manila where Nakajima was staying at and invited him to come with them after talking with Obara on the phone.

Nakajima was not aware he was a victim of kidnapping. Involved in the crime were Obara, a certain Miyashita Takashi and two Filipinos identified as Roberto and Reggie Reyes.

The suspects’ plan of seeking ransom from the victim’s relatives in Japan was halted after the incident was reported to the police by a relative of the Reyes siblings.

With this, the PNP–Anti Kidnapping Group rescued Nakajima at a drug store in Plaridel, Bulacan.

The following morning the police unit arrested Miyashita Takashi in Parañaque and the Reyes siblings in Pasig City.

Authorities seized from the suspects a passport, various cards of the victim, a .45 caliber gun, and ammunition.

“Two are still at large. One is a Filipino, and the other is Yusuke Obara who is being pursued by the Japanese police,” said PSSupt. Glen Dumlao, director of PNP-AKG.

The three arrested suspects are facing charges of serious illegal detention and violation of Republic Act 10591 or the comprehensive law on firearms and ammunition. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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90% of PUJs in Laguna join transport strike

by UNTV   |   Posted on Monday, March 19th, 2018

Some of the drivers in Laguna who joined the protest on Monday against jeepney modernization. (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — Many passengers were stranded in various parts of Laguna due to the massive transport strike conducted by Southern Tagalog Region Transport Organization-Piston (Starter-Piston) on Monday.

Tricycles temporarily replaced jeepneys as a major mode of transportation in several parts of the province.

The local government also prepared free rides to stranded passengers.

According to Rolando Mingo, vice-president of the Southern Tagalog region transport sector, 90 percent of their members have joined the transport strike since five in the morning.

“Yung Euro 4 engine nila na sinasabi na nagkakahalaga ng P1.5 milion cannot be afford. Di kakayanin ng isang individual na driver operator na sinasabi. Pakinggan niyo Mr. President ang aming boses. Huwag niyo ituloy ang pag-aalis sa aming hanapbuhay. Tutol kami sa pekeng modernisasyon,” said Mingo.

(The Euro 4 engine that they are saying is worth P 1.5 million. We cannot afford it. An individual driver-operator cannot shoulder the cost alone. Mr. President, listen to our plea. Don’t push through with removing our livelihood. We oppose this fake modernization.)

Aside from Laguna, the transport strike was also held in Cavite, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon.

In Cebu City, Piston-Cebu and Bayan Central Visayas also conducted a protest.

The protesters called on President Rodrigo Duterte to stop the planned phase-out of old public utility jeepneys.

The groups have expressed concern over the possible loss of jobs of many small-time operators and drivers should the government push through with the implementation of the said program.

“We are not against progress as long as everyone will benefit from it,” said Ronilo Gahator, the chapter leader.

Fifty individuals had joined the protest that ended peacefully and caused no inconvenience to the commuting public. — Joan Nano| UNTV News & Rescue

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