A Filipino-Chinese trader abducted in Quezon City last week was rescued by policemen in Davao City in a daring operations that left three kidnap suspects killed and another captured.
At least eleven other suspects eluded arrest after a fierce encounter shortly before the supposed pay-off was to be delivered inside the Allied Bank in Davao City.
Davao City police director Sr. Supt Ronaldo dela Rosa identified the victim as Sally Chua, who was abducted last July 5 in Quezon City. The suspects demanded an initial P150 million ransom for her liberty but the ransom was lowered to P15 million. It was not clear whether the money was taken by the other suspects or recovered by the police.
Chua, who was unscathed during the rescue, agreed to the ransom demand provided the pay-off should be done in Davao City whose mayor has kept a tough stance against kidnappers. Her captors heeded Chua’s request and left for Davao, she said. The abduction was reported to the police. Upon arrival in Davao City, the suspects went to Allied Bank, but before the ransom could be handed, policemen barged into the bank and a firefight ensued killing three suspects.
The other suspects managed to escape on board a sport-utility vehicle. Police issued a shoot-to-kill order against the suspects.
At least seven highpowered guns, a Mitsubishi Montero and assorted ammunitions and personal belongings were recovered from the suspects after the rescue operations.
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