TV5 talent manager, two others nabbed for abduction

AN alleged talent manager of TV5 contract artist Gerald Santos, a former personal assistant of singer Kyla and two others were arrested CIDG elements in following successive entrapment operations in Cavite and Las Piñas for the abduction of a 9-year old child star wannabe.

CIDG Chief, Director Samuel Pagdilao Jr., identified the suspects as Antonio Rommel Ramilo, 42, allegedly the talent manager of Gerald Santos; Erlyn May “Em-em” Sarmiento, 21, former personal assistant of Kyla, her mother Marlyn and sister Mary Ann Custodio.

Pagdilao said that the arrest of the four suspects stemmed from the complaint filed by Janette Baga-an, the mother of the victim.

Baga-an, a rice trader, told CIDG investigators that she met the suspects “Em-em” and her mother about a year ago when she allowed the two to live in her house in Brgy. Longos V, Bacoor, Cavite.

“Em-em”, who introduced herself as former PA of singer Kyla and other GMA7 contract artists to Baga-an, enticed the latter to allow her 9-year old daughter to took up singing and acting workshop under the supervision of popular artists like Gerald Santos, Kyla and Cacai Velazquez.

Baga-an added that since February last year, “Em-em” has been accompanying the victim to several singing and acting workshop and in one event in San Pablo, Laguna, the child was introduced to suspect Ramilo.

She added that since the time “Em-em” began taking the victim to workshops, she had been paying “Em-em” and Ramilo almost a million pesos in cash believing that the suspects can help her daughter to become a child star.

Baga-an also told CIDG investigators that whenever she asked the suspects about the chances of her daughter to become a child star, the suspects would only tell her that the child needs more training and more payment for workshop.

When she gave a hint of doubt about the chances of her daughter in the hands of the suspects, the suspects in return dared her to quit the workshop, in which she disagreed for reason that she has already spent close to a million pesos for the said workshops.

On February 14, Baga-an said that “Em-em” took her daughter to attend another acting workshop in Clark, Angeles, Pampanga and since then she had not seen her daughter again.

When she asked “Em-em” about the whereabouts of her daughter, “Em-em” told her that Ramilo took the child somewhere in Batangas.

When Baga-an inquired Ramilo for her daughter, the suspect would only reply through text messages that she needs to settle her alleged debts to singer Kyla amounting to P11,200, to Gerald Santos amounting to P15-thousand, to Cacai Velazquez amounting to P5-thousand and to Ramilo amounting to P7-thousand for the workshop fees.

This situation forced Baga-an to sought the assistance of the CIDG Anti-Organized Crime Division (AOCD).

At around 10am Thursday, CIDG-AOCD in partnership with Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) conducted an entrapment operation in Silangan Compound, Brgy. Longos, Zapote V, Bacoor, Cavite that resulted to the arrest of “Em-em” and her mother. Recovered from “Em-em” was the P15-thousand boodle money.

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