2 kidnap-for-ransom victims freed after tense police, suspects encounter

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The getaway vehicle (left) and pieces of evidence being photographed by authorities in the aftermath of an encounter between members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Anti-Kidnapping Group and two kidnap-for-ransom suspects on Tuesday, June 14, 2022 in Pililia, Rizal, Philippines. (Photo: Philippine National Police/Facebook)
The getaway vehicle (left) and pieces of evidence being photographed by authorities in the aftermath of an encounter between members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Anti-Kidnapping Group and two kidnap-for-ransom suspects on Tuesday, June 14, 2022 in Pililia, Rizal, Philippines. (Photo: Philippine National Police/Facebook)

Two Filipino-Chinese kidnap-for-ransom victims were finally reunited with their families yesterday morning, June 14, after ten days in captivity and an ensuing encounter, PNP Officer-in-Charge Lt. Gen. Vicente Danao Jr. said.

The victims, a 21-year old male and his 34-year old businessman cousin, were taken at gunpoint in Tondo, Manila on June 4, 2022. Initially, the kidnappers demanded P100,000,000 in exchange for their freedom, but after a negotiation, the family and the kidnappers agreed to a settlement.

Afterwards, the family of the victims contacted the police forces to help, and the ransom pay-off was set in Calamba, Laguna, then changed to Pakil in the same province, while the victims were set to be freed in the nearby town of Famy.

However, operatives from the PNP Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG), under Police Brigadier General Rudolph Dimas, were able to intercept the kidnappers’ getaway car in Pililia, Rizal, which triggered an armed encounter between the kidnappers and the police forces.

One AKG operative was wounded, and two armed men from the side of the kidnappers were killed after the encounter. Fortunately, the kidnapped victims were not harmed.

The identity of the two kidnappers were confirmed through their identification cards as Rolly Castillo and Jerameel Ventura, and were immediately brought to the Valencia Funeral Service near the area.

“The timely report of the victims’ family to the police allowed the PNP Anti-Kidnapping Group under Police Brigadier General Rudolph Dimas to take immediate action on the case to secure the safe rescue of the victims,” Danao said.

Meanwhile, the PNP-OIC praised the family’s cooperation, which led to the early resolution of the case.

“What is more significant here is the cooperation of the victims’ family with the police that led to the early solution of the case and safe rescue of the victims,” Danao added.

Marvin Joseph Ang is a news and creative writer who follows developments in politics, democracy, and popular culture. He advocates for a free press and national democracy. The views expressed are his own.

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