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Armed men snatch ComVal jail warden — police report

/ 10:59 AM December 24, 2014

TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte, Philippines – The provincial warden of Compostela Valley was abducted by armed men in Panabo City, Davao del Norte Tuesday evening, a police report said.

Jose Mervin Coquilla, chief of the Compostela Valley Provincial Rehabilitation Center (CVPRC), was snatched by four armed men in Sto. Niño village around 8 p.m., said Supt. Antonio Rivera, Southern Mindanao police spokesperson.

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Rivera said initial reports revealed that Coquilla was manning his car wash business located next to his home when armed men arrived and forced him into a Navarra pickup truck (KGK-131).

The vehicle then sped off in an unknown direction.  Rivera’s text message to the Philippine Daily Inquirer stated that a team of the Davao del Norte provincial public safety company (PPSC) under an officer identified only as Senior Inspector Nocidal has started pursuit operations.

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Managed by the provincial government, the CVPRC shares space with the Davao del Norte provincial prison in Mankilam village, in Tagum City.

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