Owner of van used in Italian resto owner kidnap identified PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 09 October 2015 13:34

Dipolog City police  on Thursday identified  the owner of the van that was used by gunmen who kidnapped an Italian restaurant owner Wednesday night.

ABS CBN News quoted Dipolog police as saying the silver metallic L300 van belongs to Amante Bagain Sagario, of of Taguig City, Metro Manila.

The van was abandoned at the Dipolog City boulevard by the kidnappers who dragged Italian Rolando del Torchio to one of two motorboats waiting along the shore.

Del Torchio, 56,  was seized around 7 p.m. at UrChoice, his pizza restaurant located inside the Andres Bonifacio College compound that was just near the boulevard.

The kidnappoers were reported to have posed as customers at the UR Choice restaurant before forcing the victim at gunpoint to board the van.

Divin Ceriales, police chief of the adjacent city of Dapitan confirmed to Rappler the kidnapping of Rolando del Torchio.

Ceriales said he received an urgent call from Sr. Insp. Romer Lim, chief of the Zamboanga del Norte Police Provincial Office (ZNPPO) Intelligence Division, informing him that the former priest turned restauraur had been kidnapped.

“I also received a call from Dipolog City Police Office informing me about it, and I immediately put the Dapitan City police force in full alert considering that Dapitan could be used as the kidnappers’ escape route,” Ceriales told Rappler.

Del Torchio was former missionary of Vatican’s Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME). He was born in the town of Angera, northern Italy, and ordained priest in 1984.

In 1988, Del Torchio was assigned in Muslim-dominated Sibuco town, Zamboanga del Norte. He stayed there until 1996. He then moved to Dipolog and worked with a non-governmental organization that helped farmers.

The military’s Joint Task Force Zamboanga, Basilan and Sulu earlier said the abductors’ motor boats may sail westward towards Jolo, passing Sindangan, Siocon and Sirawai towns in Zamboanga del Norte province.