Wednesday, January 5, 2011
6 QC cops deny roles in Pasay kidnap case
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Six Quezon City police officers accused of kidnapping 2 men and an attempted abduction of an Indian national denied the allegations on Wednesday.
The 6 officers, who belong to the Quezon City Police District’s (QCPD) anti-illegal drugs unit, went to ABS-CBN to refute the allegations.
Chief Inspector Edwin Faycho said he was not in Pasay City when the incident occurred along F.B. Harrison Street in the city last December 20.
He said he was attending a QCPD Christmas party when 11 heavily armed men tried to kidnap James Khumar, abducted 2 of his companions Andy Ngie at Ferdinand Ret, and shot Pasay City police Senior Inspector Renato Apolinario.
Khumar and Apolinario survived after the shooting, while Ret’s body has been reportedly found in Bataan province. Ngie has remained missing.
Five other QCPD officers accused of the crime – PO2 Edmon Paculdar, PO3 Noel Magcalayo, PO3 Hector Fernandez, PO3 Narciso Itom, and PO3 Jeffrey de la Puerta – said they were at the Mall of Asia (MOA) in Pasay for an anti-drug operation on the said day.
The crime occurred at around 3:30 p.m. while Police Community Precinct 11 records state that the 5 officers visited a MOA police precinct to coordinate their operation.
They also claimed that they tested negative in a paraffin test.
Khumar, meanwhile, positively identified the suspects.
Initial police investigation indicated that 11 QCPD officers were involved in the crime, based on statements from Khumar and other witnesses. – Report from Alex Santos, ABS-CBN News