3 kidnappers killed in running gun battle

THREE suspected members of a kidnap for ransom group (KFR) were killed in a running gun battle with police operatives in a remote village in Rizal on early dawn Saturday, police reports said.

Reports reaching the PNP operations center in Camp Crame said that the running gun-battle encounter between the police operatives and KFR suspects took place at around 3:20 am at Brgy. Macamit in Binangonan, Rizal.

The reports also identified the three KFR suspects killed in the encounter as Efren Bermudez alias “Omega,” Sonny Batis and Virgilio Rayga.

The reports said that elements of the Police Anti-Crime Emergency Response (PACER), Highway Patrol Group (HPG) and Rizal Provincial Police office were conducting a surveillance operation for a ransom payoff in the said area when the encounter took place.

The police teams reportedly sighted a black colored Toyota Corolla (ZBG-625) that matched the description of the vehicle used by the suspects in the payoff on KFR threat and extortion case o a certain Reynaldo Cabrera.

Police quickly pursued the said vehicle, which refused to stop, leading into a running gun battle and that resulted to the killing of the three suspects.

Recovered from the encounter site by the police were three automatic pistols and still unspecified amount of money used in the ransom payoff, the reports said. Anthony Vargas

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