Cop to answer kidnapping charges

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Sunday, July 1, 2012


A POLICE officer accused in kidnap-for-ransom activities in Davao City is set to file counter-affidavit on Wednesday.

In a text message sent to Sun.Star Davao, lawyer Bibiano Bustamante, counsel for Police Officer 1 Mahkael Oliver Dicay, said the City Prosecution Office (CPO) has given them six days to answer the complaints filed against his client on Friday.

Dicay, a member of the First Maneuver Company under the Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB) based in Camp Catitipan in Davao City, abducted Vanessa Mutus, 24, a medical representative on Wednesday morning.

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) agents filed kidnapping for ransom case against Dicay on June 29.

The accused preferred that the complaints filed against him be investigated and filed through a regular filing.

Bustamante, in an earlier interview, said they wanted the Article 125 (Delay in the delivery of detained persons to the proper judicial authorities) of the Revised Penal Code be investigated since "there was a defect in the arrest."

Bustamante said the accused will remain in the detention facility of the NBI as the case is set for a preliminary investigation.

Mutus, through his two counsels, lawyers Maria Kristine Reginio and Ericson Bansiloy, filed a complaint affidavit before the CPO on Friday.

Dicay was arrested around 5 p.m. Thursday outside a pawnshop in Barangay Matina Crossing in an entrapment operation conducted by NBI agents.

The victim parked her car along Malvar Street when she was allegedly abducted.

Dicay suddenly entered, pointed a gun on the victim and ordered her to drive him to Barangay Bago Aplaya.

She claimed that Dicay even 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 earlier told the press.

She said she was able to convince the suspect that she will call her employer so she can ask for the money. She immediately sought the assistance of NBI personnel, who then set up an entrapment operation against the suspect.

Recovered from the suspect were a toy gun, identification cards and cash amounting to P70,000.

Authorities also found out the suspect had also victimized two businessmen in Davao City. (Arianne Caryl N. Casas)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 02, 2012.

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