DAVAO CITY- Three members of a kidnap for ransom group were killed in a shootout with members of the local police here at 12:30pm yesterday.
Acting on a tip-off, a crack team of police marksmen led by Senior Superintendent Ronald 'Bato' Dela Rosa, positioned themselves in strategic locations inside the Allied Bank premises in C.M. Recto St. here, as the convoy of vehicles carrying the kidnap victim Sally Chua and her abductors approached.
The kidnappers were about to facilitate the withdrawal of P15,000,000.00 from the account of the victim when they were surprised to see the policemen.
Instead of raising the arms to surrender, the suspects traded fires with the police. Outgunned, three of the suspects were killed instantaneously while another one was captured.
The two other vehicles fled the scene, leaving behind their companions and the kidnap victim who was not harmed.
Chua was abducted by the suspects in Quezon City but was brought here by the suspects a few days ago.
A member of the Philippine Military Class of 1986, Dela Rosa is one of the finest marksmen in the Philippine National Police.
He was also cited for acts of heroism during the bungled attempt by a Malaysian terrorist to detonate a bomb in downtown here several months back, resulting to the killing of the terrorist.