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Monday, June 27, 2005

Cop tagged in kidnapping of businesswoman collared


OLONGAPO CITY —Agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) arrested a police officer who reportedly heads a kidnap-for-ransom (KFR) group during operation inside the Philippine National Police (PNP)-Maritime headquarters at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone last week.

In a report submitted to NBI Director Reynaldo Wycoco, NBI-Bulacan agent-in-charge Atty. Hector Geologo identified the suspects as SPO1 Ruben Bernardo, a police officer stationed at the 3rd Regional Maritime Police Office inside the Freeport zone.

Bernardo was collared by members of the raiding team while he was on duty last Tuesday at the PNP headquarters.

According to Geologo, the warrant for Bernardo’s arrest had been issued by Judge Luis Enriquez Reyes of the municipal trial court (MTC) of Guiguinto, Bulacan.

He said the suspect did not resist arrest after his fellow officer and superior appealed to him to surrender peacefully.

Investigators said Bernardo had been tagged as an accomplice in the Aida Amanudin, a Muslim businesswoman on the early morning of April 26, 2005.

Bernardo and seven other unidentified suspects reportedly forced entry into Amanudin’s house in Banga 2, Plaridel town and dragged the businesswoman with them after ransacking the family room of R50,000 worth of compact discs (CDs).

Geologo said the group reported originally demanded R250,000 in ransom money from the victim’s husband, Halil, in exchange for her freedom.

Halil said he had only been able to come up with R30,000 but was able to secure his wife’s freedom with the understanding that the suspects will be contacting him for the balance of R220,000.

Geologo disclosed that they mapped out the suspect’s arrest after the NBI received information on Bernardo’s identity and whereabouts.

The NBI recovered a red Mitsubishi Adventure with plate number XGS-941 allegedly used in the abduction of Amanudin. The vehicle was found parked right in front of the maritime headquarters.

It was learned that NBI agents are now on the look-out for the seven other members of the KFR group that are also allegedly active members of the PNP-Maritime group.


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