Joint forces of the Philippine National Police and the Anti-Kidnapping Group (PNP-AKG), supported by local police in the Bicol Region, have rescued a kid-napped Tarlac businessman and arrested his abductors in a rescue operation in Matnog, Sorsogon, a senior police official said.
Senior Supt. Roberto Fajardo, director of the PNP-AKG, on Thursday identified the kidnap victim as Giovanni Rosario Tan.
The suspects were identified as Marlon Altizo, Jemmel Cinco, Rolly Falcon, Drackilou Falcon and Abigail Lapinid. They were equipped reportedly with high-powered firearms during the arrest.
Fajardo said the suspects abducted Tan on December 10 from the Tarlac Piggery Farm in Tarlac City. The police provincial director of Tarlac reported the incident to the PNP-AKG.
Seized from the suspects were a white Mitsubishi adventure (ABD-6572); a baby Armalite; one M16 rifle; a KG-9 machine pistol; and several other handguns with live ammunition.
Prior to Tan’s rescue, the AKG teams saw the white vehicle on a CCTV. Tracing its movement, they said it drove through Samar onward to Agusan Del Norte and came back to Manila via Matnog.
Fajardo said for this year the AKG has recorded at least 37 kidnapping incidents, less than the 50 kidnapping incidents reported in 2014 and 52 in 2013.
He called on the public and the family kidnapping victims to report any related incidents to their hotline numbers: 09189002020, 09273234894 and 027270000.