2 more suspects in kidnap-slay of rice traders in Isabela surrender to Cagayan PNP

September 29, 2010 10:31 am 

MANILA, September 28 –- Police Regional Office-2 (PRO-2) director Chief Supt. Francisco Villaroman on Tuesday announced the surrender of two more alleged accomplices in the kidnap-murder of three Chinese rice traders in Isabela province earlier this month.

Villaroman identified the fourth and fifth suspects as Arvin Guiao, 42, a businessman and a resident of Namnama in Alicia, Isabela, and Robert Baccay, 38, residing at Silauan Sur in Echague, Isabela.

Accompanied by their lawyer, the duo walked in and surrendered to Isabela Provincial Police Office (PPO) at 10 a.m. Tuesday and confessed to have participated in the kidnap for ransom and murder of rice traders Pan Xinyi, alias Lucio Pua, and his wife Pan Juhua, alias Rosemarie Pua, and Gemma Eugenio last September 6.

The couple was engaged in buy and sell of rice and palay with Eugenio as their middleman.

“I would like to thank the community stakeholders for their cooperation and trust to various police units that worked hard on the resolution of the case. The PNP is holding this trust as sacred,” said Villaroman, who just assumed as PRO-2 director on September 24.

Guiao and Baccay claimed they were allegedly contracted by principal suspect 28-year-old Jay Lord Dimal to kidnap and murder the three in exchange of P25,000 each, investigations revealed.

Dimal, a palay middleman, surrendered to police two days ago and allegedly confessed he masterminded the abduction and murder of the three out of his P10 million debt to the Chinese-Filipino couple.

Dimal was forced to surrender when he was tagged by a suspect Eduardo Sapipi who admitted to the crime days after the incident. Two other suspects who confessed their participation in the crime were identified as Allan Castillo and Ernesto Billador, who are still at large and still being hunted.

Reports showed the three victims were kidnapped by the suspects 10:26 p.m. September 6 while motoring on the way home. Though they were killed a few hours after they were snatched with their bodies dismembered before they were dumped in different places in Isabela and Quirino provinces, the victims’ relatives received phone calls from suspects demanding P10 million ransom for their release. (PNA) V3/MM

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