MANILA, Philippines — The kin of a lacking on-line cockfighting “master agent” from Laguna got here face to face on Monday with two cops who they claimed as amongst these concerned within the abduction of the e-sabong fanatic.
Four ladies recognized the 2 officers of their testimony earlier than the Senate public order committee within the resumption of its inquiry into the disappearance of over 30 cockfight lovers.
The ladies mentioned the officers had been amongst those that got here to their home in San Pablo City in Laguna on the morning of Aug. 30, 2021, and took Ricardo Lasco, the e-sabong agent.
The cops had been fast to disclaim the accusation.
During the listening to, Lasco’s associate, Princess Montanes-Lasco, pointed to Police Staff Sergeant Daryl Paghangaan.
According to her, Paghangaan was the one who offered them with a supposed arrest warrant for her associate.
“When I reported it to the police I said I recognized his face. Then they showed me pictures. So I pointed him out. When I showed them, they all got nervous. Even my sibling got nervous,” Princess instructed senators in Filipino.
“We all gave them pictures. We identified him without any hesitation,” she added.
According to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), Lasco was “kidnapped by more or less 10 armed men” in his home in San Pablo final August.
According to Princess, the boys ransacked their home and took their jewellery, cell phones, and a vault containing cash.
Meanwhile, Princess’ cousin, Honey Lyn Sason, recalled somebody from the group of males who stored on insisting that she open the vault in a single of the rooms of the home.
Sen. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, the committee chairman, requested Sason if the person was current within the Senate session corridor.
Sason mentioned sure and recognized Patrolman Roy Navarette.
Princess’ mom and sister, Gilda and Elaine, additionally recognized Navarette.
However, each Paghangaan and Navarette denied being concerned within the abduction, saying they had been elsewhere on the time of the incident.
Paghangaan mentioned he was delivering cleaning soap in Pila, Laguna. He mentioned he had receipts and textual content conversations that may show this.
Navarette mentioned he was not in San Pablo at the moment however was manning a checkpoint — and he additionally had pictures to show it.
But the CIDG director, Brig. Gen. Eliseo Cruz, got here to the ladies’s protection, saying they had been constant in figuring out the cops from a pool of 28 pictures offered to them.
“We believe these witnesses are credible. They are victims and they are complainants of these cases,” Cruz mentioned.
“In the case of Lasco, those who were present where the incident happened are not just simply witnesses. They are victims and complainants. It rarely happens in our investigations that the witness is a victim, and the victim is a complainant,” he added.
“All these witnesses, I personally talked with them in my office to make myself also have first-hand information directly from the witness,” he mentioned.
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