Suspected member of kidnap-for-ransom group dies in Rizal shootout
MANILA, Philippines — A suspected member of Cutad kidnap-for-ransom gang and his still unidentified companion were shot dead during a police operation in Rizal late Thursday night, Philippine National Police Anti-Kidnapping Group (PNP-AKG) said Friday.
A report from Major Ronnie Lumactod, PNP-AKG spokesman, identified the fatality as Nathaniel James Recto, who has three arrest warrants for illegal firearms, grave coercion and violation of Omnibus Election Code.
Members of the anti-kidnapping unit launched a manhunt operation to serve the arrest warrant against Recto in Barangay Gulod Malaya at San Mateo at 11:45 p.m.
During the operation, police said Recto sensed that he was being watched by the lawmen, which prompted him to ride his motorcycle along with his accomplice to flee from the scene.
This led to a police chase wherein suspects reportedly fired shots at the lawmen, who retaliated. After the gunfight, Recto and his companion died on the spot.
Recovered were cal. 45 pistol with live ammunition; cal. 38 revolver with live ammunition, plastic sachet containing suspected shabu and a motorcycle used by the suspects.
Recto was believed to be a member of the kidnap-for-ransom group that was involved in the kidnapping activities in Biñan, Laguna in 2013.
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