Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Dir. Gen. Ronald dela Rosa described his recent Thailand trip as “a very productive hunting trip” after successfully bringing home a fugitive charged with kidnapping and murder.
In his Facebook post, Dela Rosa posted a photo of him and ex-cop Alexander Pangilinan, who was linked to the kidnap and murder of a Chinese-Filipino engineer.
The photo was said to be taken at the Thailand airport. The former police officer 2 was also linked to the “Dos Pares” group, allegedly responsible for the death of a certain Michael Chan back in 2005, Inquirer stated in its report.
In his caption, Dela Rosa wrote: “a very productive hunting trip with this ex- cop fugitive who has been wanted for kidnapping for ransom with homicide as the catch.” Dela Rosa added that Pangilinan “fled the country & evaded arrest for 10 years while employed as resort manager in Thailand.”
Meanwhile, the “Dos Pares” group has been known for their kidnap-for-ransom activities as well as for several other illegal activities. It is believed that most of the members of this gang were former members of the police force.
As of present, Pangilinan is under the custody of the PNP’s Anti-Kidnapping Group. He was presented to the media on Monday.
Dela Rosa revealed that the suspect was arrested through the help of Royal Thai Police in Koh Samui, Suratthan, Thailand. The arrest took place on October 13, but not because for his cases in the Philippines.
He was arrested for violating Thailand’s immigration laws. It was only on Saturday when the Pangilinan was turned over. The turnover happened in the headquarters of the Royal Thai Police.
“Just imagine 10 years na siya doon. He first worked as waiter working his way up to manager siya. Nakapag-asawa siya ng Thai woman and magaling siyang magsalita ng Thai language,” Dela Rosa said.
“N’ung nagbigay tayo ng Red Notice sa Interpol, yung Interpol naman nakipag-coordinate doon sa Royal Thai Police and finally nakuha siya while nandun tayo sa Bangkok. So binigay sa akin personally,” he added.
Dela Rosa originally visited Thailand to attend a Royal Thai Police’s anniversary fellowship. He stayed in the country from Wednesday, October 12 until Saturday, October 15, Rappler reported.