Kidnap Watch

MRPO extends support to AKG in habeas corpus case

Movement for Restoration of Peace and Order pledges its full support to the Anti-kidnapping Group in the nuisance habeas corpus case filed against them by kidnap-murder suspect, former Bulacan mayor and current barangay captain Apolinario Policarpio Marcelo Jr. of Angat.
“We at MRPO will give our full support to the AKG officers and help them fight the nuisance case against them. We will also ask the Supreme Court to question Judge (Jose) Paneda for granting bail despite the fact that the kidnap-murder case has been all over television and print media and he must be well aware of it,” MRPO founding chairperson Teresita Ang See said.
Quezon City regional trial court Judge Paneda granted bail to Marcelo on charges of illegal possession of firearms last June 30. The court sheriff served the bail order and insisted on its immediate implementation.
The AKG officers refused to release Marcelo because of pending kidnap-murder charges against him, which is a non-bailable offense.
Marcelo was arrested by police for kidnapping and killing Tsinoy piggery and poultry farm owner Edeltrudes Tan and her driver on March 25. They burned the victims’ bodies to destroy evidence.
The burned remains were found in Del Rosario’s Bulacan abandoned farm.
One of the perpetrators, Adriano del Rosario, who was nabbed in follow-up operations, pointed to Marcelo as the criminal mastermind.
For unknown reasons, despite the fact that the kidnap-murder and illegal possession of firearms cases occurred in Angat Bulacan, it was the QCRTC judge who granted bail.
Fortunately, the AKG officers stood firm and refused to release Marcelo.
Marcelo’s lawyer filed a habeas corpus case against the AKG officers, which will be heard on July 14.
Ang See was guest of honor at the Monday (July 10) flag raising ceremony at Camp Crame as vice chairperson of the Philippine National Police Foundation.
She and fellow trustee, Domingo Yap, incumbent president of the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry Inc., turned over P1.3 million worth of equipment for the different PNP regional offices.
Last April, the PNP foundation turned over more than P3 million worth of supplies and equipment, including computers, projectors, printers mountain bikes, cameras, among others.
“We at the MRPO are happy to note zero incidents of kidnapping the last two months,” Ang See said in an ambush interview with media after the event.
She added that one kidnap incident on March 27 is still an ongoing case, with the victim still in the hands of kidnappers hence no details can be given.
Ang See also called on the Chinese nationals who are victims of kidnap-extortion to cooperate and file cases against the police who victimize them.
Unless they take courage to do so, incidents of tokhang-ransom will continue with them as favorite targets.