Family of former lawmen arrested for car theft, kidnapping

A FAMILY of law enforcers was arrested for alleged car theft and kidnapping, Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Oscar Albayalde said, as he presented them before media on Friday.

The suspects were identified as Arnold Camayang, a former agent of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA); Mark Anthony Roque, a dismissed Police Officer (PO) 1 assigned at the PNP Crime Laboratory; and Alvin Jay Roque, a traffic constable of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on active duty; and John Roque Talaue.

In a press conference at Camp Karingal in Quezon City, Albayalde said the four were relatives from Tuao, Cagayan Valley.

Albayalde said based on information, PO1 Roque was the leader of the group while the other three were his accomplices.

They are being held responsible for a series of car thefts and the kidnapping of two Chinese in Quezon City on Thursday. One of the victims was identified as Wu Shaowei. The other is a minor whose identity police had withheld.

Based on police investigation, Albayalde said the group kidnapped Wu and his errand boy as they were travelling along Congressional Avenue, Quezon City in a white Toyota Commuter Van on May 25.

Mark Anthony and Camayang allegedly introduced themselves as policemen to the victims whom they handcuffed and transferred to their vehicle while Camayang took away Wu’s van.

The suspects initially demanded P3 million in exchange for the victims’ freedom but Wu requested that the demand be lowered to P300,000.

Police said the kidnappers then went to Wu’s residence at Congressional Village, Project 8, Quezon City to get the money after which they drove away with Wu’s two other vehicles — a Toyota Fortuner and another Toyota Commuter van both parked in the garage.

A police stakeout led to the arrest of Alvin Jay Roque and Talaue who were on board Wu’s White Toyota van. Also recovered was the gray Toyota Commuter van.

Camayang was later arrested at the parking lot in Camp Crame after he was caught about to drive the victim’s Toyota Fortuner.

Authorities then verified a report that Mark Anthony Roque was arrested in an anti-carnapping operation on June 6. Wu positively identified Roque as the man who kidnapped him.

Camayang and Roque will face charges of kidnapping, robbery, usurpation of authority, and violation of Republic Act 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code.

Alvin Jay Roque and Talaue will be charged with carnapping and anti-fencing. ROY NARRA


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