TWO suspected members of a notorious robbery-holdup and kidnap-for-ransom group killed in a gunbattle with agents of the National Capital Region Police Office and the Police Regional Office 4-A in Calamba City in Laguna on Thursday afternoon yielded two semi-automatic pistols and a whopping P1,036 million in cash, the Journal Group yesterday learned.
Found inside the suspects’ getaway vehicle, a white Toyota Hi-Ace with platen o. WQT-786, were one chamber-loaded Taurus cal. 40 semi-automatic pistol with magazine containing 10 live ammunition, one cal. 40 Taurus pistol with magazine containing seven bullets, a spare magazine with 10 live ammunition, personal belongings, including assorted identification cards, wallet and bags and the cash.
The seized items were properly turned over by the PNP Crime Laboratory to the investigator-on-case.
Also retrieved at the scene were 42 spent casings, a deformed slug and one cartridge.
The suspects were encountered by members of the NCRPO Regional Intelligence Division-Anti-Carnapping Unit, the NCRPO Regional Mobile Force Battalion, the PRO4-A RID, the Regional Highway Patrol Unit 4-A and the Sta. Rosa and Calamba City Police Stations.
The gunfight broke out at the Silangan Exit of the Southern Luzon Expressway in Calamba City around 2:10 p.m. Thursday.
According to NCRPO director Maj. Gen. Vicente Danao Jr., his men received a report that the suspects kidnapped a Chinese national in Asiana Parañaque City and dragged him into the van.
Danao said that immediately, members of the NCRPO RID-ANCAR section conducted patrolling operations at the southern NCR area and later spotted the suspects’ van heading towards SLEX.
The lawmen tailed the suspects while calling for back-up from the PRO4-A headed by Brig.r Gen. Eliseo DC Cruz.
Danao said that the suspects apparently noticed they were being tailed and opened fire at officers who were forced to retaliate.
The suspects gained notoriety for abducting Chinese nationals working in POGO companies or playing in casinos in the southern part of the metropolis.