Cop who ‘kidnaps’ med rep nabbed-A A +A
Friday, June 29, 2012
THE National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Davao Region arrested a police officer allegedly involved in kidnap-for-ransom activities in Davao City on Wednesday.
Lawyer Max Salvador, NBI regional director, identified the suspect as Police Officer 1 Mahkael Oliver Enano Dicay, member of the First Maneuver Company under the Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB) based in Camp Catitipan in Davao City.
Dicay was arrested around 5 p.m. outside a pawnshop in Barangay Matina Crossing in an entrapment operation conducted by NBI agents.
The suspect allegedly abducted Vanessa Mutus, 24, a medical representative, a native of Iloilo and is assigned in Davao City.
The victim said she was parking her car along Malvar Street when she was abducted.
"Bigla lang siyang (Dicay) dumating sa passenger's seat at tinutukan niya ako ng baril," Mutus said.
"Sabi niya, 'ako nalang ang magbigay ng tip sa car watch boy at sundin mo ang aking sasabihin'," Motus quoted Dicay as saying in a radio interview aired over dxRA Radyo Arangkada.
According to the victim, Dicay ordered her to drive him to Barangay Bago Aplaya.
"Hinalungkat niya ang aking bag, tiningnan niya kung may pera ako. Sinabihan ko siya na kung pera ang gusto niya, hanapan ko ng paraan," Mutus said.
Mutus said Dicay threatened her that she will be raped and harmed if she goes against his will.
"Nagmakaawa na ako sa kanya. Nag-umpisa kami sa P30,000 naging P50,000, hanggang umabot kami sa P70,000 na ransom money," Motus said.
Mutus was able to convince the suspect that she will call her employer so she can ask for the money.
Mutus’s employer immediately sought the assistance of NBI personnel, who then set up an entrapment operation against the suspect.
"Nung hinulog na ang pera sa pawnshop, na-convince ko siyang dalhin ko ang cellphone at susi ng aking sasakyan. At nagtanong sila (mga kasamahan ko) sa text kung ano ang suot ng suspek. At ilang minuto hinuli na siya ng mga NBI," Mutus said.
The suspect said he is merely guilty of extortion and did not abduct the victim.
"Dahil sa matinding pangangailganan, nagawa ko pong manghingi sa kanya ng pera," Dicay said in an interview with Sun.Star SuperBalita.
"May kasamahan and biktima na humingi ng tulong sa amin kaya isinagawa namin ang operation. Walang puwang sa gobyerno ang ganitong klaseng policeman," the NBI regional director said.
Recovered from the suspect was a toy gun, identification cards and cash amounting to P70,000.
It was learned that the suspect had also victimized two businessmen in Davao City.
The suspect is now facing administrative charges and will be relieved of his duties, said Police Senior Superintendent Florencio Ortilla, commanding officer of the 11th Regional Public Safety Battalion.
"Based on records, absent without leave (Awol) si Dicay as of June 11. Ina-abandon niya ang kanyang trabaho bilang rifleman kaya pina-relieve ko rin ang kanyang mga immediate superiors," Ortilla said.
He said the suspect, now detained at NBI jail facility, is also facing kidnap-for-ransom charges.
Meanwhile, an irate Davao City Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday warned policemen involved in gambling.
"Ako basta kanang mga pulis nga manugal init gyud kayo ko nila. Timan-an ko lang na eh. Hindi ako nakikialam, hindi ko naman trabaho yan. Asa'y kwarta ninyo mao na mang hold-up mo. Mao nang dili ko gusto anang mga pulis nga mag istambay anang mga sugalan, mga karaokehan (I am against policemen who are into gambling. I do not intervene because it's not my job. Where does you money go? That’s the reason why there are policemen who are involved in hold-up activities. That is why I do not want them to stay inside a gambling house and videoke bars)," Duterte told reporters on Wednesday night after the arrest of Dicay, believed to have been addicted to gambling.
"Kayong mga pulis mga sugarol, daghan babae. Maayo unta ug kaya ninyo. Unya mao na manugal pagkahuman mang holdup (For policemen who gamble and into womanizing, it would be better if you can manage your vices. You gamble then engage in holdup)," Duterte said, adding the incident involving Dicay was a case of kidnapping.
"If you detain a person miski usa ka minuto with ransom, that's kidnapping (If you detain a person with a ransom even for a minute, that's kidnapping)," he said.
Duterte announced that whoever were the victims of Dicay should show up before the NBI office for the filing of case as this will serve as a lesson for other policemen involved in the same crime.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on June 29, 2012.