PRO-9 denies Vaño issuing statement on P50M ransom PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 11 February 2013 11:36

The Police Regional Office-9 has denied that Chief Supt. Juanito Vaño Jr. has made any pronouncement about a P50 million ransom demand made by kidnappers of a Filipino-Canadian boy in Pagadian City.

In a press statement, PRO-9 public information officer Chief Insp. Ariel Huesca said that Chief Supt. Vaño “did not make any official, formal and categorical pronouncements that there was already a ransom demand in the amount of P50 million on the part of the abductors.”

Huesca was reacting to a news story of DZT reporter Allen Abastillas who averred that he heard Chief Supt. Vaño mentioned about the P50 million during the PRO-9 chief conversation with Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents who paid a coutesty call on him on Feb. 7

Chief Insp. Hueca also denied that Gen. Vaño briefed the FBI agents the on abduction incident and said that the only purpose of visitors was to pay courtesy call on the PRO-9 director.

“Further the victim’s mother does not want to talk to police investigators for she is still waiting for the arrival of her husband. Therefore there is no wav for the police to determine if there was a communication beiween the victim’s mother and Ihe abductors much more on ransom matter,” Huesca said in the press statement.

“The paramount concern of ihe police is the safe release of the victims and possible arrest of the abductors and not on the negotiation. Besides the authorized unit to give official pronouncement on this kind of incident is the Anti-kidnapping Group of the PNP,” he said.