THE Pasay City police foiled a kidnapping attempt on a Chinese businessman after they arrested two members of a robbery and kidnapping group in the Baclaran area before midnight on Tuesday.
Pasay Police chief Sr. Supt. Rodolfo Llorca said that Marvin Bueno, 32, of Manggahan Street, Paco, Manila and Gullermo Ressurecion, 33 of Hugo Street, Quezon City were arrested in Santo Niño, Baclaran, Pasay City.
They were nabbed while Pasay policemen were conducting “Oplan Bakal/Sita” as part of Police Integrated Patrol System (PIPS) that was recently ordered intensified by Mayor Antonino Calixto of Pasay City.
After conducting a follow-up operation, policemen recovered from the hideout of the suspects in Araro Street in Makati City two airsoft rifles, .38 revolver, .22 magnum revolver, live ammunitions, two hand grenades and a blue book containing the details of their plan to kidnap a Chinese businessman in Benavidez Street in Chinatown next week.
The suspects were presented by Llorca and Southern Police District director Chief Supt. Jose Erwin Villacorte to Metro Manila Police Chief Supt. Marcelo Garbo Jr. during the 4th Coordinating Conference held at the Conference Room of Pasay City Hall.
Charges of illegal possession of firearm and ammunition and illegal possession of explosives are set to be filed against the suspects.
For his part, Calixto lauded the effort of the Pasay City police that led to the arrest of the dreaded robbery and kidnapping group.
“Another life was saved because their attempt to kidnap a Chinese businessman was prevented. I congratulate our Pasay police for that,” Calixto said.
The mayor said that he has directed the Pasay Police to intensify the PIPS in the Baclaran area after the NCRPO identified the area as one of the crime hot spots in Metro Manila.
Llorca said that around 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday while Team 1 led by Police Insp. Cesar Teneros were patrolling along Taft Avenue Extension in Baclaran, they chanced upon two males roaming around the place.
Police Officer (PO) 3 Mariano Pata, PO3 Roberto Lipumano, PO2 Lemuel Galang, PO2 Jeffrey Cionelo and PO2 Angelo Laxa, all clad in civilian clothes, alighted from their vehicle and approached the suspects where they discovered that a firearm was tucked in Bueno’s waistband.
After the arrest of the suspects they were brought to the Special Operation Unit where they admitted that they are members of “Macatangay Armed Robbery/KFR [kidnap for ransom]Group.”
Llorca said that he already ordered a manhunt operation for the arrest of the leader of the group identified as Richard Macatangay.