MANILA, Philippines — Two cops voluntarily surrendered to authorities in connection with their alleged involvement in the kidnap-slay case of an online jewelry seller in Santa Rosa, Nueva Ecija.
On the other hand, third suspect and his civilian cohort were arrested.
PSSg Benedict Reyes was arrested on July 29 at the Sta. Rosa Police Station after the officer –in- charge, PMaj Fortune Dianne Bernardo called him to report to her office.
Two days later on July 31, PCpl Julius Alcantara of Police Provincial Drug Enforcement Unit (PPDEU), NEPPO voluntarily surrendered himself to the Acting Chief of Police of Gapan CPS, PLtCol. Alexie Desamito.
Hours later that same day, PLt.Col Renato Morales, Chief of Police of Palayan CPS took custody of PSSg June Marcelo Mallilin.
Prior to said surrender and arrest, PRO3 Regional Director PBGen Valeriano De Leon ordered all concerned Chiefs of Police to cause the immediate surrender of all PNP personnel allegedly involved in said case.
Based on the account of a witness, Grab driver Mark Bua Batac, he and victim Nadia Casar were on board his orange Toyota Vios Sedan bound for the municipality of Santa Rosa, Nueva Ecija to deliver something to Franklin Macapagal (aka Kelly) who happened to be one of the suspects..
They left the place right after the transaction.
While travelling, they were suddenly intercepted by one pick-up and two motorcycles and Batac averred that a group of five armed men abducted them.
Two other police suspects have yet to submit themselves to authorities.
Meanwhile, a crime for violation of Article 267 of the Revised Penal Code (Kidnapping and Serious Illegal Detention) has been filed by the Anti-Kidnapping Group against the suspects PSSg Benedict Reyes; PSSg June Mallillin; PCpl Julius Alcantara; PMsg Rowen Martin; PSSg Drextemir Esmundo; and Franklin Macapagal @kelly.
“We are continuously gathering all information relevant to said case to find out the truth and unearth the facts surrounding the incident as we do not condone any unlawful demeanor perpetrated by our members,” said PBGen. De Leon.
“Still, we guarantee that there will be no whitewash in the investigation and any infraction and wrongdoing committed by our policemen will never be tolerated,” he added.
The surrenderers-policemen are now under the custody of the PNP-AKG.