Botched kidnapping, not fake abduction -- police PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 October 2015 14:27

By VIC LARATO

 

The spokesman of the Zamboanga City Police Office yesterday debunked allegation of some quarters that the failed abduction of a prominent physician in Talon-Talon, this city about two weeks ago was barely staged or a theatrical scenario for political mileage.

“The incident was an attempted abduction. There was really an attempt to abduct Dr. Armando Iturralde,” ZCPO spokesman Police Chief Inspector Joel Tutuh insisted to reporters during a press briefing in City Hall yesterday morning.

He said the so-called “staged abduction” has not been validated, but he added that three days before the incident there was an intelligence report on kidnapping threat against Dr. Iturralde.

“It’s just that hindi talaga natuloy because there are three Dr. Iturraldes in the area, and it was only on that day when we knew that Dr. Armando Iturralde was the main target,” Tutuh said.

In fact, he pointed out, the suspect was arrested, a full-blown investigation was conducted, a case folder was filed “at nagkaroon po ng inquest.”

The “staged abduction” claim by certain quarters came about after the police released a suspect from detention because there was no formal charge against them, simply there was no complainant.

The victim, Dr. Iturralde, brother of Vice Mayor Cesar Itturalde, did not file a complaint against his supposed abductors despite the presence of all necessary evidence, enough to pin the suspect down.

Tutuh said the police fully respect the decision of the doctor or any of his relatives not to file a formal complaint against the suspects, however, he lamented that such was not favorable to them in the police force.

“On the part of the police, hindi po favorable sa amin ‘yun. We have done so much doon po sa pag-file ng kaso. It’s just unfortunate na na-dismiss po ‘yung kaso because there was no complaint of the case,” the police spokesman lamented.

Tutuh averred though the police have yet to ask Dr. Iturralde why he did not execute an affidavit against his supposed kidnappers.

For her part, Mayor Beng Climaco said her directive to the police, military and other law enforcers, as a matter of policy, is to make sure the lives of supposed kidnap victims are not in danger.

She clarified that she limits to the police, military and the Joint Task Group to evaluate any case of abductions or kidnapping— Vic Larato