Reported ‘abduction’ turns out to be legit NBI operation

Published July 17, 2019, 9:26 AM

by Dr. Eduardo Gonzales

By Erma Edera 

The reported “abduction” on Tuesday morning turned out to be a legitimate police operation of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) involving a robbery suspect.

National Bureau of Investigation (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)
National Bureau of Investigation (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

According to Manila police chief Brig. Gen. Vicente Danao, the incident was “a clear case of robbery snatching only.”

Initial reports showed a minor allegedly abducted along Taft Avenue in Ermita, Manila by a man riding a pick-up truck on June 16 at around 9:00 a.m.

Ermita Police Station Chief Lt. Col. Igmedio Bernaldez clarified that the boy was not a student but a criminal.

“S’ya po [suspek] ay 24 years old, ‘di na po s’ya bata. Maliit lang po talaga s’ya kaya inakala ng mga saksi ay bata. Mga NBI po ang nanghuli sa kanya,” Bernaldez said.

Danao identified the suspect as John Paul Forbes, of legal age and a resident of  Capulong Street, Tondo, Manila.

Police said the victim was withdrawing money from an ATM when Forbes suddenly came from behind and robbed the victims’ necklace.

The victim chased the suspect and caught the latter after a brief chase.

Recovered from the suspect was the stolen gold necklace.

Forbes was brought to the NBI office for investigation.