PNP officer tagged in Lea Ng's kidnap-murder

- from a report by Gus Abelgas, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 05 2012 04:30 PM | Updated as of Mar 06 2012 03:39 PM

MANILA, Philippines - A police official is accused of being the brains behind the kidnapping and murder of a Filipino-Chinese woman, whose body was found inside a septic tank in San Pedro, Laguna.

Three other police officers are allegedly involved in the crime. Two of them surrendered on Monday.

Lea Angeles Ng
The decomposing remains of Lea Angeles Ng, a businesswoman and wife of an executive of the Gaisano supermarket chain, were discovered inside a septic tank at an abandoned warehouse in San Vicente, San Pedro, Laguna last February 22.

Ng was identified through a butterfly tattoo on her belly.

She was last seen at the UCC restaurant in Corinthian village in Quezon City on January 20, 2012.

On January 25, Ng's vehicle was seen at a mall in Carmona, Cavite.

CCTV footage showed 3 police officers near the vehicle.

They include Police Officer 1 Regie Santiago, who allegedly asked for P10 million in exchange for Ng's freedom.

Santiago came under investigation and thereafter pointed to the area where the victim's body was hidden.

Those who allegedly helped Santiago commit the crime are PO1 Otillo Santos and PO1 Jefford Signap of the San Pedro police.

Santiago allegedly admitted that they were ordered by Senior Supt. Rommel Miranda, former National Capitol Region Police Office spokesman, to throw away Ng's body after she was killed.

Miranda has denied the allegation and declined to comment on the case.

PNP Director General Nicano Bartolome has vowed to have the case thoroughly investigated.

He said he will not coddle any police officer involved in Ng's kidnapping and murder.

Santos and Signap surrendered to police on Monday and are now undergoing investigation.

The 4 police officers have been charged with kidnapping with homicide before the Department of Justice. - report from Gus Abelgas, ABS-CBN News