Police officials are now in pursuit of kidnappers who abducted the daughter of a Palawan-based radio commentator.
The victim, a 17-year old Hotel and Restaurant Management student of Palawan State University and the daughter of dyEZ broadcaster Louie Larroza, was abducted before 10 a.m. yesterday (Sept. 15), in front of her school. She was having her report photocopied when unidentified men took her and forced her into a black van.
She was rescued at around 7 pm in a secluded portion of Manalo St., Puerto Princesa City proper. The rescue was reportedly a combined effort of the Philippine National Police, National Bureau of Investigation, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group and Armed Forces of the Philippines-West Command.
As reported by Philippine Daily Inquirer Palawan correspondent and National Union of Journalists of the Philippines-Palawan Chapter chair Redempto Anda, Larroza told local media the kidnapping “could be a warning for me to stop my broadcasts.” In other interviews this morning, Larroza admitted he was critical of former Palawan Gov. Joel Reyes, and is vocal about it in his radio program.
In the morning when his daughter was abducted, he was hitting on Reyes for being the alleged mastermind in the murder of slain broadcaster and environmentalist Gerardo “Doc Gerry” Ortega.
Larroza is also dyEZ’s station manager. Reportedly, he and the station have been also critical of CitiNickel Mining in Narra, Palawan, and of some retired police and military personnel.
The victim, police said, was able to hide a Globe phone from her abductors and send text messages to her mother. Operatives set up checkpoints at the barangay where the signal from her Globe phone line was traced.
Rowena C. Paraan
NUJP-IFJ Media Safety Office
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