TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- Police thanked the wife of the mastermind in the kidnap of a 7-year old boy in Solana town for her role in the arrest of the three suspects and eventually, the rescue of the victim.
In a press briefing on Tuesday, March 20, police said suspect Junjun Paragas’ wife tipped off police after she discovered her husband was among those who kidnapped her nephew.
Senior Superintendent Warren Tolito said the wife found out her husband’s involvement from the latter’s cellphone, which showed the photos of the victim and text messages with other suspects.
Prior to the wife’s discovery, Tolito said they had been suspecting that a relative could be involved since the victim was calm when the suspect reached out to the family through a cellphone call, and that the negotiating suspects seemed to know of the family and police’s move.
Tolito added that Paragas was in denial at first but eventually owned up to his involvement.
The wife, in an interview, said she doesn’t care if her husband will be put behind bars as he has to face the consequences of his actions.
She added that she knew about his husband’s addiction to illegal gambling, but denied knowing about his involvement in illegal drugs.
Police said Paragas had once surrendered to police, through the Oplan Tokhang, for his alleged use of illegal drugs.
“I also appreciate the effort of Paragas’ wife in putting her life at risk after she fearlessly intruded her husband’s cellphone that led to the discovery of the illegal activity of the group,” Chief Superintendent Jose Mario Espino, the regional police commander, said.
The victim, identified as Sean Kurt Beran, was abducted around 7:40 pm on March 14 in Barangay Sampaguita in Solana town.
Police said the suspects had been keeping the victim is a safehouse in Alcala town as negotiations happened between the suspects and the anti-kidnapping group of Philippine National Police (PNP) in Camp Crame.
An amount of P500,000 was being asked from the victim’s grandparent.
On Sunday morning, March 18, the victim was found alone near the provincial capitol in Tuguegarao City as suspects scampered to unknown direction after sensing the responding teams of PNP.
Later that day, tracker teams arrested two other suspects, named as Manuel Orpilla and Noel Villaroza. The other suspect, identified as Eugene Alluvida, remains at large.
The suspects are now facing charges of Kidnapping with Serious Illegal Detention. Northernforum.net