THE family of Enrique “Eking” Fernandez III, who was kidnapped by five Cagayan de Oro City policemen last October 23, 2016, has increased fourfold the bounty for those who can give information leading to the retrieval of the victim, dead or alive.

The family raised the reward from P50,000 to P200,000 to persuade those who are keeping the information be revealed to the family.

Fernandez has gone missing since his abduction at an Uptown Condotel in Upper Balulang, this city, perpetrated by Senior Inspector Ereneo Ramirez, ex-chief of the Crime against Person and Property Desk and his subordinates Police Officer 3 (PO3) Alejandro Ubanan, Senior Police Officer 2 (SPO2) Jojo Lim, SPO1 Alaindelon Tacubao and PO2 Sangkula Hussein, including two civilian accomplices.

The suspects accused of kidnapping and carnapping were detained at the city jail in Lumbia, this city, while the charges have been currently heard in court.

Jean Fernandez, the victim’s mother, said they have been desperate to locate Enrique as the family yearns to see their youngest, whether in warm body or his remains.

“What is important for us now is to locate him and where his body is so we can lay him to rest and give him the peace he deserves,” Jean said.

The mother added that they will keep their word to protect the identity of the tipsters confidential even until the suspects are convicted.

The reward will be given immediately to the informant as soon as the details are proven true, verified and validated.

“Ang among family naka-decide nga patas-an ang reward kay gimingaw na kaayo mi ni Eking. Kung patay na gyud siya gusto namo siya mahatod sa saktong kapahulayan (Our family decided to increase the reward because we really miss Eking. If he really is dead, we want to take him to a proper resting place),” Jean said.

The mother said anyone who has the information helpful to locate the victim’s whereabouts can reach the cellphone number 0977-091-7577.

“Katong mga nakabalo sa hitabo ma-amigo man sa mga police, pamilya or mga witnesses pwede sila mokontak (Those who knows what happened, either a friend of the policemen, family or witnesses, they can contact us),” Jean added.