By Aaron Recuenco
Police have arrested four college students for their involvement in the kidnapping of a male student of Colegio de San Juan de Letran in Manila last week.
Chief Supt. Glenn Dumlao, director of the Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG), said they are now also hunting down the arrested suspects’ six fraternity brothers who also took part in the abduction on August 1 near the Central Station of Light Rail Transit (LRT).
He identified the suspects as Ferdinand dela Vega Jr., Ralph Emmanuel Camaya and Jhulius Atabay, all students of Colegio de San Juan de Letran; and, Justine Mahipus, student of College of St. Benilde.
Those who remain in hiding were Eriek Candaba, Billy Rocillo, Miguel Austria and Kim Pascua, all students of Letran; Gabriel Rabi, reportedly student of Far Eastern University; and Arvi Velasquez, of Paranaque Flying School.
Dumlao said that at around 9:30 p.m. on August 1, six armed men on board a white Toyota Innova took the victim and his companion, Atabay, wile waiting for a bus near the LRT Central Station.
“While on the way to the safehouse, they dropped Atabay,” said Dumlao.
The kidnappers then demanded P30 million for the release of the victim. They also threaten harm on the victim should the ransom demand is not paid.
AKG operatives then located the safehouse and resulted in the rescue of the victims and three suspects during the operation at around 10:30 a.m. on Friday last week.
How it was solved
Dumlao said it was actually Atabay, the companion of the victim who was also kidnapped, who became the instrument in solving the kidnapping.
He said the investigation skills of his men led to the cops concluding that Atabay has something to do with the kidnapping.
First, the AKG operatives have already sensed something wrong in the conflicting statements of Atabay when the cops talked to him to extract information about the kidnapping.
What further drew the suspicion of the cops was that it was Atabay who was being contacted by the kidnappers about the ransom demand.
The AKG operatives then pressed on Atabay until he allegedly spilled the beans.
“He later revealed that he knew where the kidnapped victim is being detained. The AKG operatives proceeded to the area and in coordination with the local officials successfully rescued the victim, and arrested the suspects,” said Dumlao.
Dumlao said the suspects, both arrested and at remain in hiding, were already charged with kidnapping for ransom with serious illegal detention.
“They are presently under the temporary custody of this Group pending the issuance of their commitment order from the court,” said Dumlao.