Confiscated high-caliber gun from the criminal syndicate
QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief PDG Oscar Albayalde confirmed that incumbent politicians and candidates for the 2019 elections have sought the services of five guns-for-hire arrested by the PNP- Anti Kidnapping Group (AKG) in Quezon City and Isabela.
Albayalde said, the criminal syndicate, headed by Ricardo Peralta, is often hired by governors and mayors to serve as private armies and to commit intimidation or even assassination against their political rivals.
“We are serious and we have intensified our campaign against private armed groups and campaign against loose firearms,” said Albayalde.
The PNP chief refused to name said politicians who hail from Nueva Ecija, Cagayan, Metro Manila, Bulacan, and La Union, but assured that they will coordinate with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) regarding the allegations.
“We can always conduct police operations against them if we get evidence that they are also in possession of unlicensed firearms. We can always apply search warrant also against them and we will coordinate with DILG on that,” Albayalde said.
PNP-AKG Director PCSupt. Glen Dumlao said that five suspects were found to be in possession of high-caliber guns, ammunition, and grenades.
The AKG has launched a manhunt for the group’s leader, Ricardo Peralta, who has a P5 million bounty on his head offered by the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) over various crimes.
“We are very happy na yung VACC ay nakikipag tulungan sa amin in pursuing this criminal kasi iba na po yung personality ni Ric Peralta, iba na yung mukha niya. Iba yung ginagamit niyang mga pangalan that’s why yung mga pulitiko na kliyente nila ay inaaccept siya dahil hindi siya kilala. He is passing his self as security consultant with military and police background,” said Dumlao.
The PNP vowed to exert efforts in capturing criminal syndicates that are used being by politicians as their private armies.
Meanwhile, Christopher Alain Alvero, another gun-for-hire and a high-value target involved in illegal drugs, was killed along with two others in a police operation in San Pablo Laguna last Saturday. — Lea Ylagan
Operatives from the Philippine National Police-Anti-Kidnapping group have arrested two Chinese nationals for allegedly kidnapping their fellow citizen.
Authorities identified the suspects as Weng Zhiting and Cheng Guo. Their victims were identified as Jiang Xiao Hao and Li Weizu.
The PNP-AKG conducted an operation in BF Resort Village in Las Piñas City on August 9 after receiving information from Jiang Xiao Hao’s wife that the suspects were demanding P3.5 million in exchange for his release.
AKG Luzon Field Unit Chief Col. Villafor Bannawagan said the suspects will face kidnapping for ransom charges while authorities continue to hunt down the suspects’ five other cohorts. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
The Philippine National Police-Anti Kidnapping Group (PNP-AKG) has confirmed the rescue of three Chinese nationals from a kidnap for ransom group in Bacoor, Cavite on Friday (December 13).
The victims, namely, Pham ThiTu, Zhang Juanzi, Shen Wenhui were allegedly raped by the suspects who are also Chinese nationals.
The rescue led to the arrest of the six suspects.
A statement sent to the media on Saturday said PNP-AKG teams led by PMaj. Cesar Nuñez Jr and PMaj. Edgar Pablico, together with the PNP Bacoor under PLtCol. Villaflor Bannawagan conducted the rescue after receiving reports from the partners of the victims.
The first complaint came from Huafeng Du on Dec. 12 regarding the abduction of his girlfriend, Pham.
He said the kidnappers demanded 200,000 RMB in exchange for the release of his girlfriend.
The second complaint was filed by Chang Hsiang Hao on December 11, reporting that his girlfriend Zhang Juanzi left on December 10 at around 11:00 PM but has not returned home since.
He said he received a WeChat message from the victim’s account on December 11 asking for Php 700,000 which he sent through an online payment app. However, the kidnapper did not release the victim but demanded instead for another Php 700,000 on December 12.
The third victim named Shen Wenhui was abducted inside Okada Hotel at around 10:00 in the evening on December 12 and was brought to the said place in Bacoor, Cavite. /mbmf
MANILA, Philippines— The Philippine National Police Anti-Kidnapping Group (PNP-AKG) on Tuesday (Dec. 10) arrested a Filipino security guard involved in the kidnapping of two Chinese nationals in Las Piñas City.
The suspect, named Saturnino Matias, is a security guard in a Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator (POGO) where the mastermind of the kidnapping identified as Michael Chan is purportedly working.
Authorities found out about the kidnapping incident when another Chinese national who had also been abducted was eventually released after paying a ransom of 30,000 Renminbi or an equivalent of over Php 200,000.
The police, however, are looking into robbery as a motive for the alleged kidnapping of the two Chinese nationals.
“According sa interview dun sa dalawang victim natin, naglalakad lang sila sa along Alabang nung November 26. So bale, seven days na silang naka-stay dun sa room na ‘yun […] Allegedly, may utang itong dalawa na ‘to. Nagnakaw daw sila,” PNP-AKG spokesperson PLtCol. Joel Saliba said.
The suspect, meanwhile, denied knowing that the two Chinese nationals he was guarding were victims of kidnap-for-ransom.
“Inosente po ako. Wala po akong alam diyan kasi Chinese po ang usapan nila, nagtatawanan pa sila eh. Hindi ko alam na ganito pala ‘yun,” Matias said.
He will be charged with kidnapping for ransom with serious illegal detention.
The AKG said the two are now added to the six POGO-related kidnapping cases recorded this year.
Meanwhile, the PNP-AKG will conduct a separate investigation on the alleged abduction of a female Chinese national in Makati on Monday (Dec. 9) night.
The AKG said they have not received any complaint from the relatives of the victim who the Makati City Police said is also an employee of a POGO company.
Police are also looking into unpaid loans as an angle on the case.
Former PNP chief Senator Ronald Bato Dela Rosa said authorities had been receiving reports of kidnapping incidents involving Chinese nationals even during his time.
He said the presence of POGOs in the country must not be singled out as the reason behind these incidents.
He added that even if Filipinos are not involved, authorities must still act on these cases.
“Kung yan ay kidnapping for ransom na victimizing wealthy Filipino businessmen or kahit sinong ordinaryong Pilipino […] cause of concern yan ng lahat ng mga Pilipino dito. Pero sila sila mga Intsik nagkikidnapan. Meron bang Pilipinong kinidnap ng Chinese? Wala pa naman. But still, it’s not a crime and should be stopped,” Dela Rosa said. — (from the report of Harlene Delgado) /mbmf
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