ZAMBOANGA CITY -- Criminal charges have been filed against two suspects tagged as among the six gunmen behind the kidnapping of a town mayor’s son in Zamboanga del Norte, a top police official said Tuesday.
Chief Supt. Billy Beltran, Police Regional Office-9 (PRO-9) director, identified the respondents as Soudi Pondusan Banguih, 36; and Edilberto Sarmago Albino, 61 of Zamboanga del Norte’s Sirawai and Labason towns, respectively.
Beltran said the charges of kidnapping and serious illegal detention were filed against the two on Monday before the prosecutor’s office in Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte.
Banguih and Albino were arrested at around 6:30 a.m. Thursday, September 7, in the municipality of Sirawai, Zamboanga del Norte.
Beltran said the suspects were allegedly involved in the kidnapping of Jelster Ed Quimbo, son of Mayor Eddie Quimbo of Labason, Zamboanga del Norte.
He said the suspects were identified through a video captured by closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera as among the six gunmen who seized the younger Quimbo.
He said the suspects were also positively identified by a witness, Jolito Timanono Rodillos, who was with the victim at the time of the incident.
The younger Quimbo was abducted by six gunmen at around 6:45 p.m. of September 6 in downtown Labason, Zamboanga del Norte.
The suspects’ getaway vehicle was found a few minutes later abandoned in Barangay Osukan in the same town.
The younger Quimbo owns a store and manages the family-owned construction business.
Beltran said the suspects are detained at the police headquarters of Labason, Zamboanga del Norte. (PNA)