2 kidnap-for-ransom suspects dead in San Mateo encounter

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Two alleged members of the kidnap-for-ransom group were killed in a shooting encounter with authorities in San Mateo, Rizal, according to James Agustin in a Unang Balita report Friday.

Police crossed the San Mateo and Marikina border to locate the home of the operation’s target.

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But when the police approached the target’s house, the suspect suddenly fired at them, according to Police Major Ronaldo Lumactod, chief of Public Information Office of Philippine National Police Anti-Kidnapping Group (PNP-AKG).

“So in return yung mga operatiba natin nag-maneuver in one direction and yun ang naging result, ang agarang kamatayan [ng mga suspek] nung magpalitan na ng putukan,” said Lumactod.

(In return, our operatives maneuvered in one direction, and it resulted in the death of the suspects after the exchange of fires.)

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The suspects were identified as Rey Rala and an alias Melvin.

Rala was killed on the spot, who a warrant of arrest for violating the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act against him.

According to the PNP-AKG, two members of a kidnap-for-ransom group abducted a woman in Laguna in March 2003. The victim was released after her family paid a P15 million ransom.

In February, another member of the group was arrested. The kidnap-for-ransom group is also involved in gun-running and the sale of illegal drugs.

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Man dead in Negros Occidental police encounter

A 64-year-old man was killed while his minor companion was wounded when during an encounter with the police Tuesday night in the town of Murcia, Negros Occidental.

According to Police Maj. Robert Dejucos, chief of Murcia Police, a store owner, complained about Lorenzo Peraren for loitering at the store for almost an hour. 

When the village guards approached the area, they allegedly saw Peraren carrying a gun, and so they asked for police assistance.

Peraren fled and ran after the authorities when police arrived. The suspect arrived in Barangay Cansilayan aboard his motorcycle, he then stopped and fired his weapon, Dejucos said.

Dejucos said police fired back and shot Peraren on his nape, killing him on the spot.

The minor was also hit in the arm and was rushed to the hospital for treatment.

Police are investigating whether Peraren was involved in an illegal drug transaction after two shabu sachets were recovered in his bag.

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