MANILA - Two kidnap suspects were killed in an operation to rescue an abducted couple in Antipolo City early Saturday morning.
The Philippine National Police Anti-Kidnapping Group (PNP-AKG), Highway Patrol Group (HPG) and the Antipolo City Police launched an operation to rescue the couple kidnapped along Sumulong Highway on Friday night.
Antipolo City Police chief Lt. Col Alvin Ruby Consolacion said the suspects demanded ransom from the couple’s relatives.
“Pinipilit daw alamin saan sila nakatira. Ginamit ang phone ng biktima, pinilit mag-produce ng pera ang relatives. Kailangan daw makakuha sila ng pera kaagad,” he added.
(They were allegedly forced to tell where they live. They also used the victim’s phone to contact relatives to produce money.)
Police encountered the suspects at past 3 a.m. Saturday along Marcos Highway in Barangay Inarawan. They allegedly fired shots upon seeing the AKG vehicle, prompting the operatives to return fire.
The still unidentified suspects died on the spot.
They were in police uniform, but Consolacion confirmed the two were not real officers based on their records as well as their physical appearance.
“'Yung ginawa nila hindi talaga gawain ng pulis. Sinubukan pa nilang tumakbo nang mabilis pero nakorner pa rin. Sigurado kaming hindi sila mga pulis sa itsura pa lang,” the police chief said.
(What they did is not something the police would not do. They tried to escape, but were cornered. We’re sure that they are not police officers just by how they look.)
Two more suspects escaped during the encounter.
Barangay officials said the suspects were not from the area.
“Nagkaroon dito ng shootout. Akala nga namin pulis, hindi naman pala... Hindi po, hindi po sila taga rito,” said Barangay Kagawad JC Lunggay.
(A shootout ensued. We thought they were policemen, but they’re not. They are not from here.)
Police also found that the suspect’s getaway car was also a stolen vehicle.
Recovered inside the vehicle were other police uniforms and several firearms.
“According to HPG Rizal, carnapped sa Laguna raw. Ang isa vine-verify pa nila. May isang shotgun, isang baby armalite, dalawang pistol,” Consolacion said.
(According to HPG Rizal, the vehicle was carnapped in Laguna. They are still verifying it. A shotgun, a baby armalite and two pistols were recovered inside the vehicle.)