Abducted trader, family about to leave PH due to threats to life, wife says
MANILA, Philippines – The businessman, who was recently abducted in Laguna, and his family was set to leave the country because of the threats to his life, his wife revealed on Friday.
Allan Fajardo, who owned a scrap business and previously headed Tanauan City, Batangas Mayor Antonio Halili’s Mayor’s Anti-Crime Group (MACG), was reportedly abducted at a four-star hotel in Nuvali district, Sta. Rosa, Laguna, on Wednesday night.
His wife, Noreen, said the family was set to fly out of the country on April 7, had Fajardo not been abducted.
“Aalis na po talaga kami. May flight po sana kami sa April 7, kasi birthday ko po sa April 8, ‘yun nakaready na po kami,” Noreen Fajardo said in a press conference in Manila.
“Hindi na po kami babalik dito sa Pilipinas dahil takot na takot na raw po siya para sa amin,” she added.
She said the meeting Fajardo attended in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, was his last itinerary before leaving the country.
However, she said she didn’t know why Fajardo chose to have the meeting in Laguna because it was one of the areas that he should avoid.
Fajardo’s lawyer, Ferdinand Topacio, said that Fajardo should have avoided areas in Calabarzon because he has enemies who are police officers there.
“Doon ang area of influence ng kanyang mga pinaghihinalaan naming mga kalaban nya. Region IV (Calabarzon) na mga pulis,” Topacio said in the press conference.
Noreen Fajardo noted that her husband has been receiving many threats to his life which prompted them to decide to leave the country.
“May mga intel po siya na minamadali na raw po siya. Minamadali po siyang itumba,” she said.
Fajardo used to lead the MACG in Tanauan City which arrested and paraded petty criminals in the city for the mayor’s “shame campaign.”
He was also linked to the illegal drug trade, which put him in the “drug matrix” of the police in Calabarzon. He was also tied to contract to kill activities.
However, Topacio said police officials only made up the drug matrix to implicate Fajardo.
“‘Yung drug matrix po ni Mr. Fajardo, ‘yan po ay gawa gawa lamang ng opisyal ng kapulisan na natapakan nya bilang puno nung mayor’s MACG sa Tanauan,” Topacio said. /ac
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