Most wanted kidnapper nabbed upon arrival at NAIA from Singapore

November 2, 2010 11:10 am 

MANILA, Nov. 1 –One of the suspected kidnappers of a Japanese executive in 1986, finally falls in the hands of authorities upon arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) from Singapore Monday morning, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Director Magtanggol Gatdula said.

Gatdula identified the arrested suspect as Rolando Fajardo, who was long wanted by authorities for his alleged involvement in kidnapping cases. He has a P1 million reward for his capture.

His brother Harold Fajardo, who has also a P1 million reward for his capture, remains at large.

Fajardo was arrested by NBI agents as he stepped out from Singapore Airlines SQ-910 flight.

The NBI planned the arrest following a tip from a Filipino based in Italy about his return to the country. He hid in Singapore before he decided to return home as he expects fair justice in facing his cases with the new administration in the event he is arrested, Gatdula said.

The NBI director clarified that Fajardo was arrested and did not send surrender feeler. "He was arrested on a tip," he said.

Fajardo belonged to a notorious kidnapping suspect involved in several high profile kidnapping cases in the 80's and 90's.

“We served the nine warrants of arrest for kidnap for ransom and one warrant of arrest for carnapping on him," said Gatdula.

The kidnap suspect did not resist arrest when NBI operatives approached him. He was handcuffed. Reports said Fajardo was the last person who alighted from the plane.

Gatdula said the informant told him that Fajardo decided to return with the new administration. He said he is willing to face the charges as he believe that there is fair justice in the new administration.

Fajardo said he hid in other countries for fear of his life.

“But now that we have new administration, I can expect justice. I decided to keep quite because I fear for my life. Now I will break my silence and fight for my right, and prove I am innocent," he said.

The Fajardo brothers were allegedly involved in the abduction of Japanese Noboyuki Wakaoji, a Mitsui and Co. executive, from a golf course in Canlubang, Calamba , Laguna, in 1986. Wakaoiji was released four months later. There were unverified reports that the kidnappers allegedly received US 10 million in exchange for his freedom. (PNA) RMA/JES

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