Ex-Swat man, cohort face abduction case-A A +A
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
A FORMER member of the Cebu City police’s Special Weapons and Tactics (Swat) team and his cohort were charged by the Talisay City Prosecutor’s Office for allegedly abducting an overseas worker.
Assistant Talisay City Prosecutor Jenelyn Forrosuelo found enough evidence to indict PO2 Lee Colina with kidnapping for ransom and carnapping cases.
He is allegedly the leader of a group that kidnapped Rene Boy Agraviador in Barangay San Roque three months ago.
Colina and Ronelo Roble were also charged for trying to abduct Agraviador’s friend, Michael Vergara.
His bail was set at P120,000 for attempted kidnapping and P200,000 for carnapping cases. No bail was set for kidnapping for ransom.
In his counter-affidavit, Colina denied he is the mastermind behind the abduction of
Rene Boy Agraviador in Talisay City last June 17.
He said he merely responded to the request for assistance by the tanods of Barangay
The group alleged that Agraviador is a drug courier. One of the members was Wane Tiaño, who was killed in a shootout with the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7 agents in rescuing Agraviador.
The victim, he said, was only invited to go with them under the bridge at the South Road Properties (SRP). They searched him if he was carrying illegal drugs.
When they found none, the police officer said he told the tanods to release Agraviador.
But Forrosuelo was not persuaded by Colina, saying the latter is a police officer who knows the proper procedure in investigating a person accused of crime.
“Bringing the subject of an alleged illegal activity to a place not appropriate for a conduct of further investigation is not only contrary to human experience, but could create a cloud of doubt as well. Being a police officer and sensing that the group of Tiaño had any illegal plan by then and refused to immediately release Rene Boy, why did he not report the matter to proper authorities,” she said.
Last June 16, Agraviador and Vergara were talking outside the bakeshop owned by the latter’s parents in San Roque.
They later saw three motorcycles stopped near them. The back riders approached them.
The kidnappers forced the two men at gunpoint to go with them, but Vergara resisted.
His mother and other persons helped in warding them off.
Agraviador was held hostage and his motorcycle was also seized by his captors. He was brought to SRP.
He identified Colina as the person who nabbed him, after he found the accused’s Swat identification card.
Colina allegedly told him that their target was Vergara.
Minerva Laborada, Agraviador’s live-in partner, was told by phone to produce P50,000 for the release of her partner. She then sought the NBI’s help.
During the entrapment operation, Tiaño opened fire at the agents, who retaliated and hit the suspect.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 24, 2013.