Every single member of the Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (HPG) unit based in the province of Laguna has been relieved from duty. This came after findings that numerous officers were involved in the kidnapping and murder of a car salesman and a businessman.
According to HPG director Police Brig. Gen. Rommel Marbil, five officers of HPG-Laguna that are suspects in the kidnap-slay case are under restrictive custody.
Pending the results of the investigation, the officers were not identified.
The total number of relieved officers was not shared by Marbil; he did not say if replacements had been set either. The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) will likely disclose the suspects’ identities after criminal complaints are filed against them.
CIDG-Quezon province head Police Lt. Col. Ariel Huesca said that five HPG-Laguna police officers alongside at least two civilians were part of the abduction of 33-year-old Rodrigo Dueña, a car sales agent, and 29-year-old businessman Jaime Faramil Jr.
The pair had left Naga City, Camarines Sur last December 26 to buy a Mitsubishi Strada. They were set to buy it in Biñan, Laguna from a certain Irene De Guzman. The victims’ families last had communication with them on December 29th.
Dueña’s body was found in Tayabas, Quezon the next day.
On the other hand, Faramil is still missing. He is said to have been involved in a “trading business.” At present, there is a P250,000 reward being offered by his family for credible information that will lead to his whereabouts.