Lawyer’s son lied in abduction report PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 23 March 2014 14:02

A hoax!

This is the finding made by police investigators on the alleged abduction of the son of a local lawyer on Friday.

Police yesterday confirmed through some witnesses that Basil Brice Bernardo, a Radiation Technology student of the Universidad Zamboanga (UZ) who claimed he was abducted outside Zamboanga City Medical Center arrived in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay aboard a Rural Transit bus and not on a white van as what he had told investigators.

Police and military were alerted and almost all roads in the city were blocked with checkpoints after receiving a report that Bernardo was allegedly seized by unidentified men who put him on a white van that sped towards Zamboanga Sibugay.

However during hot pursuit operation, Bernardo was seen by policemen led by Insp. Raul Clavecilla inside Jollibee Ipil branch Friday afternoon.

Bernardo told the police that he was seized in the city and was brought in Ipil where he was released.

But two tricycle drivers identified as Benedicto Señalde, 61, and Rodel Gemao, both of Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay, told the police that they saw Bernardo alighting from a Rural Transit bus in barangay Don Andres.

Moreover, policemen also recovered a passenger ticket of the Rural Transit from Bernardo’s possession during investigation.

No less than Dr. Romeo Ong, director of the Zamboanga City Medical Center, called Supt. Allan Nazaro and asked for police assistance in the alleged abduction of one of the hospital’s Rad-Tech interns.

During a follow-up investigation at the hospital, one of Bernardo’s classmates identified as Khaleed Ducol said Bernardo sent him a tex tmessage stating that he was seized by unidentified men around 11:30 a.m. while he was going to the hospital’s canteen to eat lunch.

Nineth Tubo, also an intern student, told the police that she also received a text message from Bernardo around 1:19 p.m. informing her that he was allegedly abducted.

Around 1:40 p.m. Ducol received another text message from Bernardo saying “Huwag mag tawag papatayin nila ako.”

Around 4:16 p.m., Nazaro received a text message from the office of the Ipil Municipal Police Station informing him that Bernardo was recovered at a Jollibee outlet.

Police were still investigating the case further. – Dan Toribio Jr.