Australian national nabbed for kidnapping 2 children of former lover in NegOr

Published July 21, 2021, 1:40 PM

by Glazyl Masculino

BACOLOD CITY – An Australian national was arrested here on Monday, after he allegedly kidnapped the two children of his former live-in partner in a hotel in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental on Sunday.

Policemen arrested 39-year-old Peter Lay, at his rented house in Barangay Estefania, where the two children were rescued.

Police Maj. Jun Ray Batadlan, Police Station 4 commander, said that Lay allegedly took the kids – a nine-year-old girl and a three-year-old boy, without the permission of his former live-in partner.

Batadlan said that Lay wanted to get back with his former lover.

Australian Peter Lay is being escorted by authorities as he is set to face kidnapping charges in Dumaguete City. (Bacolod City Police Station 4/MANILA BULLETIN)

Also arrested was Edlyn Gelantaga-an, 35, of Sagay City, Negros Occidental, maid of Lay’s former lover.

Batadlan said that Gelantaga-an was the one who allegedly told Lay where he could find the children.

Kidnapping charges will be filed against the two suspects, who are now detained at Dumaguete City Police Station.