CAGAYAN DE ORO - The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Region X (Northern Mindanao) has released CCTV footage that implicates five policemen in the abduction of former overseas Filipino worker (OFW) Enrique Fernandez III.
The CCTV footage dated October 23 shows armed men forcing Fernandez to ride a vehicle outside an establishment in Upper Carmen in Cagayan de Oro at around 7 a.m.
They left the area after taking Fernandez. His motorcycle was left parked just beside the vehicle used by his alleged abductors.
The armed men were identified as Senior Inspector Ereneo Ramirez, Chief of Crimes Against Person and Property Desk of the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office, and his subordinates SPO2 Jojo Lim, SPO1 Alaindelon Tacubao, PO3 Alejandro Ubanan, and PO2 Sangkula Hussein.
"Fortunately, we were able to get the CCTV that captured entirely the incident of what really happened that time. The CCTV clearly shows our suspects which is clearly identified by witnesses, even the officers of PNP," said Atty. Hans Barbaso, acting Assistant Regional Director of NBI-Northern Mindanao.
The NBI has yet to establish the motive behind Fernandez' abduction but they are looking into the angle that the suspects might be after the money of the victim.
"The live-in partner of the victim or the girlfriend of the victim recently sold a property worth 6.5 million pesos so we are also taking that motive on this case," said Pastor Oran III, Special Investigator of NBI Northern Mindanao.
The five policemen are already detained at the NBI after they were arrested on Tuesday in Camp Vicente Alagar - Police Regional Office 10 in Cagayan de Oro. They were relieved from Cagayan de Oro City Police Office last week due to their involvement in Fernandez' abduction.
Until now, Fernandez is still missing and his relatives are starting to worry if their kin is still alive.
"Our hopes that he is still alive is very little," said one of the victim's relatives in the vernacular.
The five police suspects refused to give a statement to the media.
The NBI has filed charges of kidnapping with serious illegal detention and carnapping against the five suspects.