AGENTS of the Philippine National Police Anti-Kidnapping Group (PNP-AKG) on Wednesday raided the safehouses of Filipino cohorts of a Chinese-led kidnapping-for-ransom gang known for abducting Chinese in Manila and torturing them to force their families abroad to pay their huge ransom demand.
Outgoing PNP-AKG director Brigadier General Glenn G. Dumlao said the targets of their raids include a former member of the Southern Police District, one Magdaleno Pacia Jr. who was dismissed from the PNP service in April last year for robbery and illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.
Armed with two search warrants for violation of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulations Act of 2013 issued by Judge Cecilyn Burgos-Villabert of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 89, members of the PNP-AKG served the warrants against Larry Gonzales Carandang, a member of the gang, of No. 319 Banjo West, Tanauan City and Filinvest, Sta. Maria, Sto. Tomas, Batangas.
The PNP-AKG director said that Carandang was wanted for his involvement in the kidnapping-for-ransom of Chinese nationals Guo Faquiang, Zhu Fangmei, Li Chao, Zhang Zhen and Lu Renxian. Carandang was not around during the raid.
The raid in the house of Pacia at Block 6, Lot 6, Lucky Homes Subdivision in Barangay Pulang Lupa Uno led to the recovery of several guns and ammunitions.
Meanwhile, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-National Capital Region Office chief Lieutenant Colonel Arnold Thomas C. Ibay said Chinese national Jiang Fan Li, 22, was rescued during a raid at Room 607 of the Amelia Building located at the corner of Batangas and Finlandia Street in Barangay San Isidro, Makati City on Thursday.
Two of Li’s suspected kidnappers identified as Lee Arvin Apostol, 37; and Brian Requintina, 34, were arrested.