Kidnapper gets life imprisonment-A A +A
Saturday, October 26, 2013
THE Regional Trial Court (RTC) sentenced a member of the notorious Balbacua kidnap-for-ransom gang to reclusion perpetua or life imprisonment after he was found guilty for kidnapping a businessman last 2007.
RTC Branch 10 Judge Retrina Fuentes found Marvin Booc guilty beyond reasonable doubt for the crime of kidnapping for ransom under Article 267 of the Revised Penal Code.
Booc, a member of the notorious Balbacua kidnap-for-ransom gang, was found guilty of kidnapping Edgar Barroso, a Flying V gasoline station proprietor, and demanding P10 million for the latter's release on July 8, 2007.
Fuentes sentenced Booc to a maximum of 40 years after the latter plead guilty of the charges. The respondent said his conscience cannot bear the crime anymore thus, he admitted to the crime.
Booc, through his legal adviser lawyer Manuel Quibod, plead to reduce the sentence as he considers the guilty plea as a mitigating circumstance.
Fuentes, however, said that any crime punishable by death has been reduced to reclusion perpetua in virtue of the Republic Act 9346, which prohibits the imposition of death penalty.
The respondent, along with Police Officer 2 (PO2) Michael Sanz, a policeman in duty at the Tugbok Police Station at that time, Angelito Froilan, Wendel Asentista, Nilo Benemerito, and Petronio Ali were arrested by joint personnel of the Regional Special Operations Group, the Regional Mobile Group (RMG), Davao City Police Office (DCPO) and the defunct Anti-Crime and Emergency Response Group during the rescue operation on July 18 of the same year at Spring Valley Subdivision, in Buhangin.
Four other members of the kidnap-for-ransom gang were also killed in the rescue operation while trying to shoot it out with authorities.
Killed in the operation were PO2 Jaime Telebangko, an active RMG back then; Jessie Muit, an Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) enlisted personnel; and a certain Eden Cruzado.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 27, 2013.