Authorities have arrested the owner of the getaway van used by the kidnappers to abduct a former Italian priest in Dipolog City.
Zamboanga del Norte police director Redentor Retusto identified the owner of the van as 49-year-old Amante Sagario of Pagadian City.
Police say the van owner was arrested Friday by Highway Patrol Group personnel at an apartment in the village of Pagidian City, the capital of Zamboanga del Norte.
Sagario was identified as the owner of the silver metallic van with plate number TMY-490 that was used by the gunmen in the abduction of Rolando Del Torchio, said police.
Police say Sagario was placed in the custody of the Dipolog City police and undergoing investigation in connection with the abduction of Mr Del Torchio.
Authorities are still searching for the whereabouts of Mr Del Torchio.
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