Unidentified men kidnapped the daughter of a Palawan-based broadcaster on 15 September 2011. The girl was released unharmed after 8 hours, but the kidnappers were able to evade arrest. Louie Larroza, of dyEC radio, said the abduction of his daughter could have been a warning to him to cease his broadcasting on corruption and other illegal activities in the province.
At around 10 a.m. of 15 September 2011, Larroza’s daughter was photocopying school materials in front of her school when she was grabbed and taken to a black vehicle. Larroza’s daughter was quoted saying she was blindfolded and brought to a “warehouse.”
Redempto Anda, Philippine Daily Inquirer correspondent and National Union of Journalists of the Philippines-Palawan chapter chair, told the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility that the police were able to pinpoint the location of Larroza’s daughter by tracing the signal of her mobile phone. The police immediately set up checkpoints around Barangay Bancao, where the signal was traced to.
The Inquirer quoted Puerto Princesa City police chief Supt. Virgilio Parocha as saying that “We were able to triangulate the general location of the perpetrators and their captive after the captive was able to hide her cell phone inside her underpants and use it.”
Anda said the abductors released the broadcaster’s daughter around 6 p.m. (local time). He added that the kidnappers made no demand from the family.
Anda said Larroza has been receiving threats from unknown personalities that they would harm his family if he continued his commentaries. Larroza has taken a leave of absence following the incident.
The police are still looking into the possible motives and identities of the abductors.
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