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  • Writer's pictureLeonora Lo-oy

Abduction of 4 girls in Isabela foiled

Updated: May 23, 2023

Isabela, Philippines – Four female students were reportedly almost abducted in Echague, Isabela on Sunday night, May 21, 2023.

The victims who were identified as Joy, 20; Ella, 17; Jean, 17; and Ash, 20, were rescued by the police in Barangay San Fabian at said town while suspects Conrado Marzan Jr., 33; John Lloyd Dela Rosa, 19; Anne, 19; Marco Ulep, 33; John Bumatay, 28; and Juls, 17 were arrested.

Echague Police Chief, PMaj. Rogelio Natividad relayed to Bombo Radyo Cauayan that the female suspect invited the 4 ladies for swimming at a waterfall in San Mariano, Isabela.

However, the victims were brought by the suspects to a house in Alicia instead where they had a drinking session before they were later brought to a hotel in Echague where they immediately left the place.

While they were inside a Toyota Grandia van, the suspects were said to have threatened the students that they will shoot them should they refuse to drink.

It was around 10:00 p.m. when they stopped at a convenience store that one of the victims managed to alert her boyfriend through a text message about what was happening to them. This prompted the boyfriend to call the authorities who launched a hot pursuit operation.

The involved van was spotted in Ipil, Echague but the vehicle allegedly didn’t stop which resulted in a chase. The group was cornered by the police in San Fabian.

A Glock pistol, drug paraphernalia, and a bag containing suspected residue of shabu were later discovered inside the van.

The accused were said to have claimed they didn't kidnap the victims as the four willingly tagged along and that they already dropped the ladies in Ipil when they were suddenly chased by the police. They also said they have no idea about the drug paraphernalia recovered from their vehicle.

The suspects are expected to face cases such as abduction, grave threat with the use of firearms, violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, and violation of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act.


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