DOJ Task Force on Anti-Terrorism scores another victory against kidnapping syndicates

30 September 2015

The Department of Justice Task Force on Anti-Terrorism gained another court victory after the conviction of a notorious kidnapper, sending a warning to other syndicates operating with the same type of modus operandi.  

Based from court information, Jomar Ulangkaya along with three (3) other suspects identified as Saudi H. Kassan, Mohaimen Abo and Mohammad Yusop Pasigan, who are still at large up to this date kidnapped a 9-year-old child in front of their house in the province of Cotabato.

Incidentally, the runaway vehicle of the suspects got into an accident. To avoid being noticed by the locals of the area, 3 of the 4 suspects immediately fled the area after the incident. Ulangkaya was the one who pursued with the plan of kidnapping the child.

Fortunately, the police were conducting operations in the area and managed to catch up with Ulangkaya. The encounter ended with the suspect being caught and the victim rescued.

In a 9-page court decision, the Pasig RTC sentenced the accused Ulangkaya to suffer the penalty of Reclusion Perpetua and pay the victim whose identity is withheld, a sum of P120,000 for nominal, moral and exemplary damages.

“This is a perfect example on how our justice system should be, this is a warning to those who continue to oppress the weak for selfish motives,” Justice Secretary Leila De Lima said. “I commend the Task Force on Anti-Terrorism for this hard-earned victory,” SOJ De Lima added.

Authorities are still conducting follow-up operations for the arrest of the other suspects who managed to escape after the incident.

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