Cops, other suspects deny involvement in e-sabong operators’ abduction

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MANILA, Philippines — Police officers and different suspects, who appeared earlier than a Senate panel probe, have denied their involvement within the alleged abduction of e-sabong (on-line cockfighting) operators.

During the Senate committee on public order and harmful medication listening to on Monday, the companion of a sure Johnver Francisco, who is claimed to be an operator or an insider at an e-sabong franchise, accused no less than six law enforcement officials of getting information about Francisco’s kidnapping.

The Senate committee on public order and harmful medication headed by Senator Rolando dela Rosa has carried out an inquiry into the reported disappearance of dozens of on-line cockfighting aficionados.

The lady, who was introduced as a witness throughout the listening to, instructed dela Rosa that the next law enforcement officials conspired with brothers Nicasio and Nicholas Manio to abduct Francisco final April 18, 2021:

  • Lt. Col. Ryan Jay Orapa
  • SSgt. Denar Roda
  • Ssgt. Afredo Andes
  • Ssgt. Troy Paragas
  • Ssgt. Jovelyn Tamagos
  • Natividad Alreg

All of the law enforcement officials had been a part of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Regional Drug Enforcement Unit (RDEU), with Orapa as head of the group previous to being assigned to the Regional Holding Unit.  Meanwhile, the Manio brothers are at the moment underneath the custody of the National Bureau of Investigation after they had been arrested on drug-related prices.

“Sino nagsabi sa’yo na may coordination papers ‘yong nag-operate?  Meycauayan Police Station?” dela Rosa requested the lady, who answered within the affirmative.

“Saka sir kulang pa po sila, may isa pa pong pulis na ano. Si Natividad Alreg po, wala po d’yan […] siya po talaga ‘yong kumakausap sa Manio brothers and then kasama niya po ‘yon sila Ma’am Jovelyn Tamago, sila Orapa po,” the lady stated.

While Orapa and the others denied figuring out the Manio brothers, Francisco’s companion insisted that she has proof to show that they know one another, together with a closed-circuit tv (CCTV) digicam footage exhibiting the law enforcement officials and the Manio brothers consuming collectively.

“Tapos po may patunay na magkakakilala sila, si Jovelyn saka si Natividad saka ‘yong Manio brothers kasi may CCTV po kami ng NBI, na kumakain sila, magkakasama po sila do’n,” the lady added.

The Manios had been additionally accused of being property of the RDEU when it was underneath Orapa, which the brothers and the NCRPO unit denied.

After getting adverse COVID-19 outcomes, the Manio brothers had been dropped at the Senate session corridor the place the listening to is being carried out. The two denied participation within the alleged abduction of Francisco.

This led dela Rosa, a former Philippine National Police chief, to ask why they had been dragged into the incident — stressing that Francisco’s companion and the NBI confirmed that the watch of the lacking e-sabong operator was discovered of their possession.

“So ano kayo? Kilala nino ba ang mga RDEU? Hindi kayo nagkasama sa mga lakad? Under oath kayo ah, pwede kayo magkakaso pagka kayo’y nagsinungaling.  Basta ako sinasabi ko sa inyo under oath kayo, so totoo hindi niyo kilala ‘yong mga RDEU?” the Senator requested, to which the brothers replied within the adverse.

“Paano nasabi na kayo ang kasama sa pagdukot ni Johnver Francisco? Sinabi raw ninyo sa asawa na kayo ang kasama sa pagdukot, in fact may relo pa na binigay daw sa inyo ni Johnver Francisco habang hawak niyo sila, at itong relo na ito, nasaan ito misis?  Nandoon sa NBI?” he requested once more.

“Wala po akong alam sa relo,” Nicholas Manio instructed dela Rosa.

According to Nicholas Manio, he doesn’t perceive why they’re being implicated within the disappearance of Francisco once they have been arrested by the NBI even earlier than the reported date of Francisco’s abduction.

“Nakakulong po kami ngayon sa kaso po naming drugs, hindi rin po namin alam kung bakit po meron kaming gano’n,” he stated.

But, in accordance with Francisco’s companion, NBI brokers and investigators know that the Manios talked with the victims’ households to supply assist. She claimed that the siblings instructed her that they’d cooperate with the victims’ households, and in addition instructed her that Francisco has been buried in Laguna.

“Nakausap ko pa po ‘yan sa NBI mismo sabi niya makikipag-tulungan siya sa sa’min, sa mga unang-unang dinukot saka sir may ebidensya po kami, kasama po nila ‘yang mga ‘yan sa CCTV, kumakain po sila, saka meron din po akong video na vinideohan ko sila na kinonfront ko sila no’ng time na ‘yon.  Umiiyak pa po ako sa kanila no’n, ang sabi pa po nila no’n nilubog na daw po nila sa Laguna,” she stated.

“Sir, kasi inamin na po no’ng Manio brothers eh, na binigay sa kanila no’ng asawa ko, no’ng time na nadukot nila ‘yon, ‘yong relo kasi hiningi raw po nila. Then binigay raw po ni Lala (Francisco) no’ng time na nadukot nila, April 18, one year na nga po ngayon, ‘di ba. Sila po magpapatunay, binigay po talaga ni Lala sa kanila ‘yong relo, tapos no’ng nakuha po ni Atty. Ramos ‘yong Manio brothers, nakuha rin nila ‘yong relo ng asawa ko,” she added.


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