Four members of the kidnap for ransom syndicate were killed by the PNP anti-kidnapping group in Carmona, Cavite at around 4 AM today, October 28, 2017. Three of the suspects were cops.
ABS-CBN identified the suspects as PO3 Rodel Estonactoc, PO1 Ramil Espejo, PO1 Rolando Aspios and Edwin Escobido.
According to the PNP anti-kidnapping group, the suspects were allegedly involved in the killing and kidnapping of casino junket operator Carlos Tan.
The 55-year-old Tan was abducted on October 21, 2017 at the NAIA expressway.
Sr. Supt. Glenn Dumlao, Director of the PNP Anti-kidnapping group gave us the summary of the Tan kidnapping case.
Mga wee hours in the morning, nagpaalam na pupunta sa Okada para magpamasahe with the driver. So doon na yun. So at the the of NAIALEX, sa may ramp, doon na sya kinat ng dalawang sasakyan.
ABS-CBN report said that the KFR group demanded 50 million pesos, but two days later, his lifeless body was found in a ravine in Talisay Rd. Tagaytay City.
Tagaytay Chief of Police Supt. Ronan Claravall described Tan’s dead body when found by the police.
Nakabalot sya ng masking tape, nakatali ang kamay nya ng shoelace. According to SOCO, may tama po sya sa ulo.
A day later said the ABS-CBN report, Tan’s abandoned car was found in Barangay Punong Saging Tagaytay City.
From here, the PNP’s AKG backtracked the car’s path and obtained a CCTV footage that help the police in the investigation.
Likewise, the PNP’s AKG also interviewed Tan’s driver who was freed by the kidnapper to make a breakthrough in the case.
Sr. Supt. Dumlao said: “Nakabalik yung driver kasi ni-release dayw sya sa RCBC Tagaytay sa harap.”
Bases on the CCTV footage obtained by the police, Tan’s van can be seen being tailed by a red vehicle, believed to be the suspect’s car in Tagaytay rotunda.
In another CCTV video, Tan’s car was also spotted in Punong Saging Cavite.
The news report said that PO3 Rodel Estonactoc is serving a suspension, while PO1 Espejo has been dismissed from service.
The KFR group was previously involved in the illegal drug trade, but shifted to kidnapping after the police operations against illegal drugs, in the words of Sr. Supt. Dumlao “hit them hard”.