Philippine National Police chief, Director General Ronald de la Rosa presented at a press conference on Monday, March 13, five of the eight suspects in the kidnapping case of businessman Francis Leo Sta. Maria Maulion in Camarines Sur.
Maulion was reported to have been freed after the PNP Anti-Kidnapping Group and PNP Region 5 conducted ransom pay-off encounters around Banga Caves in Camarines Sur.
During the conference, evidence was presented including firearms and a P1.2 million ransom.
There were five suspects and the remaining three is still at large.
Among the presented suspects was a barangay chairman who denied the accusations saying he was unaware that the businessman is a kidnapped victim.
Dela Rosa, on the other hand, firmly neglects the chairman’s defense and questioned his ability to act righteously in such a position.
Questions were raised about the kidnapping and the victim revealed that he was threatened of being beheaded, his fingers cut and being sent to his family afterward.
He also said that none of the presented suspects was the one who started the move but was clearly the people who were involved in the entire kidnapping process.
Maulion was reportedly kidnapped in his farm on November 23, 2016.