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PNP-AKG men arrest 3 kidnappers, rescue victim in Iligan
PHILIPPINE National Police-Anti-Kidnapping Group director Brig. Gen. Rodolfo D. Castil Jr. yesterday announced the safe rescue of a kidnapped 18-year-old man and the arrest of his three abductors during an operation in Iligan City last Tuesday.
The official said that the rescue of the victim identified only as alias “Abdul” came three months after he went missing last October 22, triggering an operation to find him.
After three months of continuous information gathering, officers from the PNP-AKG Mindanao Field Unit raided a house in Purok Ilang-Ilang, Bgy. Sta. Felomina in Iligan City around 3:45 p.m. last Tuesday and safely rescued the victim from Bgy. Madaum in Tagum City, Davao del Norte.
Castil said three men who were guarding the victim were arrested. He identified them as businessman Moamar Limbao,32; Saino Managa, a 39-year-old driver; and Samad Dipo, a 19-year-old student. All three are residents of Marawi City.
During an investigation, the victim narrated that he was abducted in Tagum City last October 2 while accompanying “Raisah” to the local bus terminal.
He said that his kidnappers initially demanded a P3.4 million ransom from his family. When his family failed to produce the amount, the suspects moved him to at least six different locations in the mountainous areas of Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur to mislead investigators.
Recovered during the rescue operation was a black Toyota Innova with plate no. ZTS-113, which was positively identified by the victim as the vehicle used by his abductors in snatching him.
The vehicle was found registered under the name of Napoleon Mamacol of Buayaan Lilod, Ditsaan-Ramain, Lanao del Sur. PNP-AKG operatives have also sought the vehicle owner for questioning regarding the kidnapping case.
All arrested suspects were brought to the AKG Mindanao Field Unit headquarters for booking and investigation. They are facing criminal charges for kidnapping and serious illegal detention before the Tagum City Prosecutor’s Office.
Castil commended the officers and men of the AKG Mindanao Field Unit for safely rescuing the victim and arresting the three suspects without any shots being fired.