MANILA – Operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) have arrested two former cops who were implicated in the kidnapping and killing of a lady merchant in the province of Nueva Ecija.
CIDG chief, Brig. Gen. Romeo Caramat, identified the suspects as ex-Staff Sergeant June Marcelo Mallillin of Palayan town, and ex-Master Sergeant Rowen Reyes Martin, both members of Cabanatuan City police station.
Caramat said the suspects were arrested on Thursday at the RTC-Branch 24, Old Capitol Compound in Cabanatuan City by virtue of the Joint Judgment dated Jan. 18, 2023, issued by Presiding Judge Ana Marie Joson-Viterbo, charging them for the crime of kidnapping for ransom with homicide under Art 267 of the Revised Penal Code as amended by Republic Act No. 7659.
“Nakatanggap ng tawag ang ating mga tauhan sa Nueva Ecija mula sa nasabing korte upang ipaalam na sila ay maglalabas nga ng kanilang hatol laban sa mga akusado. Nagpunta naman agad ang ating tauhan doon, kumuha ng kopya ng Joint Judgment at isinagawa ang pag-aresto (Our personnel in Nueva Ecija received a call from the said court to inform that they will issue their verdict against the accused. Our staff went there immediately, got a copy of the Joint Judgment and made the arrest),” Caramat said in a statement on Friday.
The 36-page Joint Judgment disclosed that the accused and their other co-accused were “confederating and conspiring with one another, mutually aiding and abetting one another with the use of firearms, did then and there willfully, unlawfully and feloniously kidnap and threaten to kill Nadia Motalib Casar, for the purpose of extorting a PHP100,000 ransom from her and her family, then killed, burned and buried her body, to the damage and prejudice of her family.”
“Ayon din sa nasabing Joint Judgment, si Casar at kasama nitong Grab driver na si Mark Nua Batac ay dinukot ng nasabing mga akusado noong July 20, 2021 sa (Also according to the said Joint Judgment, Casar and Grab driver Mark Nua Batac were abducted by the said accused on July 20, 2021 in) Santa Rosa town, Nueva Ecija. They were detained in an undisclosed location and the lady victim was instructed to call her family to send money in exchange for her freedom. The Grab driver was released, but unfortunately, the victim’s burned cadaver was located and recovered 13 days after,” said Caramat.
Mallillin and Martin are now under the custody of the CIDG Nueva Ecija office pending the issuance of a commitment order from the court.
Caramat said that this disgraceful act of their fellow men in uniform is the reason why the PNP organization is eager and serious in cleaning its ranks. (PNA)