Published: Tuesday 07 August, 2018

Letran Student Kidnapped by Classmate & Accomplices from ‘Other Universities’

Letran kidnapping

Letran kidnapping suspects. (PNP)

Letran Kidnapping – A student of Colegio de San Juan de Letran (CSJL) was kidnapped but rescued by police. The kidnapper was also a Letran student, his classmate and a number of accomplices who, police say, are also students of CSJL and other universities.

According to the unidentified victim, he along with classmate Jhulius Atabay, were kidnapped near the LRT Central Station last August 1. They were waiting for a bus when a Toyota Innova arrived and several men ordered them inside.

Atabay was later released and it was he who contacted the victim’s parents to demand a ransom of P30 million. The parents immediately sought the help of the authorities.

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According to Atabay, he was only released on condition that he would be the negotiator with the victim’s family. Police found this unusual. Atabay also said all communication with the kidnappers should go through him. Police suspected he was in on the kidnapping.

Upon interrogation, Jhulius Atabas reportedly broke down and admitted that he was the mastermind of the kidnapping, and told police where to find the victim. 

On Friday, August 3, the victim was rescued at a safe house in Tondo. Arrested were Atabay’s accomplices Ferdinand Dela Vega Jr., Ralph Emmanuel Camaya, at Justine Mahipus – two students of Letran and another of College of St. Benilde (CSB).

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Police said they are looking for several other suspects, all students as well:

Eriek Candava – Letran
Billy Rocillo – Letran
Miguel Austria – Letran
Kim Pascua – Letran
Gabriel Rabi – Far Eastern University
Arvi Velasquez – Parañaque flying school

According to the authorities, this is the youngest kidnapping ring they have encountered.



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