Policemen hunted for EDSA kidnapping

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A video posted on social media captures the alleged kidnapping on EDSA last week

A video posted on social media captures the alleged kidnapping on EDSA last week

FIVE policemen are being hunted down in connection with an alleged robbery and abduction on Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (Edsa) last week after authorities captured the group’s alleged leader, Chief Inspector Joseph de Vera.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday said criminal charges were filed against de Vera at the Mandaluyong City Prosecutor’s Office. De Vera and nine policemen from the La Loma Police station in Quezon City were ordered sacked from their posts. De Vera had surrendered his firearms.

Those canned and who are now subject of a police manhunt are Senior Police Officer 1 Ramil Hachero; Police Officers 2 (PO2) Ebonn Decatoria, Jerome Datinguinoo and Weavin Masa; and Police Officer 1 Mark de Paz.

PO2 Jonathan Rodriguez, a member of the District Public Safety Battalion, was also sacked for participation in the incident.


The commander of the La Loma Police station, Supt. Osmundo de Guzman, was also ordered removed.

The police also included in their manhunt a certain Police Inspector Estrera, allegedly a dismissed police officer who was also involved in the alleged robbery-abduction.

A video of the incident uploaded on social networking sites showed a white SUV being blocked by several vehicles and surrounded by several armed men in civilian clothes.

The incident happened on September 1 just a kilometer away from Camp Crame, the national headquarters of the PNP.

The Eastern Police District (EPD) under Chief Supt. Abe Villarcota organized Task Force “Wack Wack” to investigate the incident.

The probers found out that the armed men in civilian clothes were policemen from Quezon City and was headed by de Vera.

Villacorta said one the vehicles that blocked the white SUV was a Toyota Hi-ace van that belongs to de Vera.

Another car, a gray Honda Civic (ZBG 149), belongs to Marco Polo Estrera, a dismissed policeman.

Upon questioning, de Vera admitted that he was inside the van, according to Villacorta.

The occupants of the white SUV were carrying P2 million in cash at the time of the incident.

“They were carrying that amount to buy some heavy equipment,” Villacorta said in a news conference.

The victims were brought to the La Loma Police station where they were held for seven hours.

Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd confirmed that charges were filed against de Vera.

At the same news conference, the PNP’s Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG) presented Martin Lico Jr., a kidnap-for-ransom suspect.

The AKG director, Senior Supt. Renato Gumban, said Lico was arrested by members of the AKG and Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission on Sunday at Rhonavile Townhomes, Gate 1, F. Santos Avenue in Las Pinas City (Metro Manila).

Gumban added that Lico, who goes by the aliases Romeo Buluran, Bogart, Aldreen Daat, Sgt. Mutia, Romeo Hernani and Paul, was a former member of the Alferez organized crime group.

He was implicated in several kidnap-for-ransom cases in Metro Manila including that of Jose Saribong,who was killed along with his driver in Antipolo City two years ago.

Lico is facing a string of robbery cases for his involvement in a jewelry heist at SM North Edsa on December 16, 2013 and the robbery of the Land Bank Branch in Timog, Quezon City.

With FRANCIS EARL A. CUETO

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7 Comments

  1. What would it take for Aquino to replace Mar Roxas as DILG chief and dismiss Alan Purisma from the service? Another kidnapping for ransom, this time involving Kris and her children?

    • What would it take Aquino to kick Roxas out? Nothing! He won’t do it. He doesn’t understand responsibility…

  2. Mr. President and Sec. Roxas po — pa-paano u-unlad ang bayan natin kung ganoon ang abuso ng sa bayan? Mga Senador at Congresista na mata- taas pa ang sueldo ay magnanakaw eh ano ang maasahan sa mga polisya natin?

    Mabuti pa yata ay mag resign na lang kayo at baka sakali ang kapalit nyo ay mas matapang.

    • Wala na talaga tayong pag-asa. kasi bukod sa mga tongressmen at senatongs na nagnanakaw ng pera ng taumbayan na me pahintulot si Boy Sisi eh eto na ang mga pulis na kawatan naman. Ang pagkakaiba nga lang eh ung mga pulis kailangan magisip ng strategy kung papano kikita tulad ng hulidap, kidnapping, extortion, etc. Ung mga tongressmen at senatongs eh pirma lang o pagpabor sa gusto ni Panot eh ok na. Kuwarta na!!! QUO VADIS, PILIPINAS! huhuhu

  3. Sa gitna ng liwanag ng araw ay gagawin ito ng mga police at gagamitin pa nila ang rehistrado nilang mga sasakyan, wow!! Ganito na ba ka bobo at walang sinasanto ang grupong ito? O framed-up lang sila ng kalaban nilang police,katulad ng pagpatay
    Sa official na police na kasamahan nila?
    Mukhang nakaka-alarma na sa manganangyayari sa loob ng kapulisan natin!
    Mukhang wala na silang sinusunod at kanya_kanya na silang grupo.
    May maaasahan kaya tayo sa pangulo at Kay mar roxas na busy sa politica at si aquino na busy din sa pagdedipensa
    niya Sa dap?

  4. And we still see Alan Purisima keep on smiling in front of cameras. The Purisima’s are part of the anomaly in the PNP and Finance Departments.

    • That’s true! kasi nga eh TIWALA pa din sa kanila ang gagong Presidente ng Pinas na si BOY SISI aka The Great Thief Executive.