The Pasay City police foiled a plot to kidnap a Chinese businessman on Tuesday.
Policemen also arrested two members of the kidnapping gang.
Pasay police chief Sr. Supt. Rodolfo Llorca said Marvin Bueno, 32, of Manggahan St., Paco, Manila and Guillermo Ressurecion, 33 of Hugo St, Quezon City were arrested during a routine firearms search in Sto. Nino, Baclaran, Pasay City.
A police team recovered from the suspects’ hideout in Araro St., Makati City, two airsoft rifles, two revolvers, ammunition, two grenades and a blue book containing the details of their plan to kidnap the Chinese businessman in Buenavidez St. in Binondo, Manila, 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 a coordinating conference at Pasay City Hall.
Pasay Mayor Antonino Calixto praised the Pasay police for thwarting the kidnapping and arresting the suspects.
“Another life was saved because their attempt to kidnap a Chinese businessman was prevented,” Calixto said.
The mayor said he has directed the Pasay police to intensify the police presence in Baclaran after the Metro manila police identified the place as a crime hot spot.
Llorca said that around 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday a team led by Insp. Cesar Teneros was patrolling along Taft Ave. Extension in Baclaran, when it chanced upon two men loitering in the place.
PO 3 Mariano Pata, PO3 Roberto Lipumano, PO2 Lemuel Galang, PO2 Jeffrey Cionelo and PO2 Angelo Laxa, who were all in civilian clothes, frisked the two and discovered a gun tucked in the waist of Bueno.
They admitted during questioning they belong to the Macatangay gang, which specializes in robberies kidnappings for ransom.
Llorca said that he ordered a manhunt for leader of the group identified as Richard Macatangay.
RITCHIE A. HORARIO