Duterte: Baktin now in Madrid

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Monday, November 19, 2012


CARNAP syndicate leader Ryan "Baktin" Yu has left Thailand and is now in Madrid, Spain with an unidentified woman companion, Davao City Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said.

Duterte, in his weekly television program "Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa" aired Sunday morning, said the International Police (Interpol) was able to track down the notorious carnap group leader entering Spain two days ago.

But Duterte said there was no arrest made since the Philippines has no extradition treaty with Spain.

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"We can only file the necessary case and ask the Department of Foreign Affairs to cancel his passport. So the next time he travels, we will let the DFA of other countries to know that his passport is invalid for the reason that he has committed crimes in the Philippines," Duterte said.

The vice mayor first revealed last week that Yu had fled to Bangkok, Thailand days after he was implicated in a series of carnapping incidents in Davao City.

Four of Baktin's cohorts were arrested in a police operation, while his right-hand man surrendered to authorities later.

Duterte, however, admitted that they were not able to determine how Yu left Thailand on his way to Spain.

"He may have gone by land, by sea or he may have boarded another plane in Cambodia," said Duterte, who condemned Baktin's act as he continues to enjoy the fruit of his crime by travelling overseas with utter disregard for the hard work of the victims.

The vice mayor initially offered a reward of P5 million for Yu's head, then added P1 million more to make it P6 million if authorities fail to arrest him by the end of the year. (RSA)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on November 19, 2012.

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