Ex-cop in BIR execs’ kidnapping collared

June 16, 2020

AGENTS of the Philippine National Police Anti-Kidnapping Group yesterday arrested an ex-member of the Quezon City Police District wanted for his involvement in the celebrated kidnappings of over a dozen ‘multi-millionaire’ Bureau of Internal Revenue officials in Metro Manila and Central Luzon since 2013, PNP-AKG director, Brigadier General Jonnel C. Estomo said.

In a report to PNP chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa, the official said that former Police Officer 3 Allan Formilleza was driving a tricycle in Las Palmas Subdivision in Barangay Caypombo in Sta. Maria, Bulacan when he was arrested by a team of AKG agents at 11 a.m. yesterday.

Estomo said the suspect was arrested on the strength of a warranat of arrest for murder issued by Judge Madonna Echieverri of the Q.C. Regional Trial Court Branch 81 with no bail recommended; a warrant of arrest for estafa issued by Judge Alfonzo Ruiz of the Q.C. RTC Branch 2016 and another warrant of arrest for theft issued by Judge Rafael Hipoloto of the Q.C. RTC Branch 215.

“The accused is in our target list of personalities connected with a notorious Gapos Gang which gained notoriety by victimizing BIR officials, abducting them and forcing their way into their targets’ residence thru threat and intimidation and stealing millions of cash and other valuables in the past,” said Estomo.

The official said that AKG officers led by Colonel Edward Cutiyog arrested the suspect following days of surveillance triggered by information that he has been sighted inside the Sta. Maria, Bulacan subdivision.

Estomo said they have information that the suspect is a known ‘hardcore hitman’ of the Gapos Gang’ which operated previously in Metro Manila and Central Luzon before finally going after rich BIR officials in the past.

“Their modus operandi is simple: they would either bump the vehicle of their targets and abduct them as soon as they go out of their vehicle to check the damage,” the official said.

Estomo said the suspect is now being held at the PNP-AKG headquarters in Camp Crame undergoing further questioning before being presented to court.

In 2019, the Journal Group reported that over a dozen wealthy BIR officials , mostly Revenue District Officers (RDOs), and employees have been abducted or robbed by a  gang  of rogue law enforcers in Metro Manila and nearby provinces over the past few years but many of them refused to cooperate with police investigators for reasons known only to them.

The PNP-AKG called the abduction and robbery incidents alarming and said that since 2013 to date, they have accounted for a total of 15 abductions involving ranking BIR officials although “majority of these cases were not formally reported nor fully investigated because the victims refused to cooperate.”

Journal Group sources said they have discovered that the KFR and robbery-holdup gang has been acting in cahoots with a former BIR official who had been giving the syndicate the addresses of BIR officials who allegedly got huge bribes from tax dodgers in exchange for non-filing of tax evasion charges against them.