Kidnapping suspect killed in Cebu; OFW rescued-A A +A
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
CEBU CITY -- A kidnapping suspect was killed and his alleged accomplice was caught during the rescue of a 29-year-old overseas worker by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI)-Central Visayas in Talisay City Monday afternoon.
Wane Tiaño, who was believed to be in his 40s, died in a shootout with the agents, while Reneboy Agraviador was rescued, said NBI-Central Visayas Director Antonio Pagatpat.
The kidnappers, said Pagatpat, demanded P50,000 from the victim’s family.
One of the identification cards recovered from the suspect’s wallet showed he belonged to the so-called Unified Security Group. The back of the card bears the signature of Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama.
“The ID is bogus,” said Pagatpat.
A red cloth with several religious and cryptic texts believed to be Tiaño’s amulet was also found in his possession.
A member of the NBI team landed in a hospital, after his hand was hit during the gunfight, said Pagatpat.
All the agents belong to the team led by supervising agent Jose Ermie Monsanto.
Tiaño’s alleged companion Ronilo Roble, 47, was arrested. But three other alleged kidnappers were able to escape.
Roble, in a separate interview, said he did not know that he was recruited for a kidnapping.
“Ang negosyo ni Wane kay shabu daw (Wane was said to be dealing shabu),” he told reporters, adding that the entire kidnapping could have been staged. He has bruises on his face.
But Pagatpat dismissed Roble’s claim, saying if the kidnapping was only a drama, then there would have been no shootout.
The NBI agents are tracking down the three other suspects and investigating a national government office employee for his alleged participation in the crime.
Before the operation, Agraviador’s live-in partner Minerva Laborada asked the NBI for help Monday morning.
She said Agraviador was kidnapped by five armed men on Rabaya St., Talisay City at 9 p.m. last Sunday.
The victim was talking to his friend, a son of the bakeshop’s owner, when the kidnappers arrived and waylaid him at gunpoint.
One of the perpetrators introduced himself as a policeman.
Agraviador was then blindfolded and forced to ride one of the motorcycles.
Agraviador’s friend was also forced to go with them, but the kidnappers left him when the latter’s girlfriend and mother noticed them and cried out.
Roble, in a separate interview, said he was recruited by Tiaño just to drive a motorcycle.
“Wa gyod ko kahibaw nga mangidnap na sila (I did not know they were going to kidnap someone),” he said.
He said he knew Tiaño since their daughters are classmates in a Grade 1 class.
The victim was his passenger and they brought him to the South Road Properties (SRP) near the Sugbu building.
He saw Tiaño negotiating with someone through a cell phone.
At this point, Laborada told the investigators, she negotiated with a man. Later, Roble said they transferred to a lot where a supermarket is currently under construction. They again returned near the Sugbu building.
Roble said they did not handcuff or blindfold Agraviador.
He said he wanted to abandon the group when he learned that they wanted ransom.
Father of 6
“Giingnan nako sila nga malibang sa ko, pero niingon si Wane nga ayaw og palayo kay wa nay mo-drive sa motor (I told them I needed to go to the bathroom, but Wane told me not to go too far because they needed me to drive the motorcycle),” said Roble, who has six children.
But supervising agent Rennan Oliva said when they caught Roble, the suspect was wearing a mask (which law enforcers sometimes refer to as a “bonnet”) and resisted arrest.
The pay-off happened in the Cebu Evergreen Memorial Park in South Coastal Highway, Talisay City.
After the NBI agents introduced themselves, Tiaño allegedly opened fire at them.
Monsanto’s team retaliated and hit the suspect, who was brought to a hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.
Seized from Tiaño were a .45 pistol, a magazine containing bullets, mask, cell phone, identification cards, badges and other items.
Agraviador’s motorcycle and that of the group’s were also recovered. The license plates had been concealed by the kidnappers.
Pagatpat said they will file a kidnapping complaint against Roble and his cohorts.
The victim said he felt fear when he was kidnapped, but was glad to be unharmed.
“They pointed a gun at me,” said Agraviador, who arrived home last January. (Sun.Star Cebu)
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 18, 2013.