Friday, October 9, 2015

Zambo Norte police identify 2 of former Italian priest's abductors

From the Philippine News Agency (Oct 9): Zambo Norte police identify 2 of former Italian priest's abductors

The police have established the identities of two of the suspects behind the abduction of a former Italian priest in Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte.

Supt. Redentor Retusto, Zamboanga del Norte police director, did not disclose how they established the identities of the two suspects except in saying the actual incident was captured in a video through the Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras.

Retusto said two of the suspects were identified as alias Julmin Muloc and Sihar Muloc alias “Red Eye” who were known to be members of lawless group.

“During follow-up investigation of the recorded Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) of UrChoice Bistro Café showed the actual incident wherein 10 male suspects forcibly abducted the victim, Rolando Del Torchio,” Retusto stated in his report.

Del Torchio, 56, was seized by the suspects around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at UrChoice Bistro Café, which he owns, located along Quezon Avenue, Barangay Miputak, Dipolog City.

The suspects dragged the victim to a waiting silver metallic L-300 van with plate number TMY-490 and sped towards the boulevard in Purok Bularan, also in Barangay Miputak.

They disembarked and abandoned the van and transferred to two waiting motorboats, one painted white and the other, blue, that sped towards south direction.

Retusto said a follow up investigation showed the van is registered to a resident of Katipunan village, Taguig City, Metro Manila.

He said five of the 10 suspects were wearing baseball caps during the incident while one of them, a jacket with hood.

He said they were armed with high-power handguns and rifles.

Retusto said continuous conduct of checkpoints, seaborne patrols and monitoring are being conducted in closed coordination with other law enforcement agencies to include the military in order to determine the whereabouts of the victim.

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