The suspect for the plan to kidnap actress-TV host and presidential sister, KrIs Aquino has been arrested this Tuesday, April 26, through the joint effort of the members of the Philippine National Police’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) and Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
According to a report by GMA News Online this Sunday, May 1, the suspect was identified as Reynaldo Vasquez Ilao, who was arrested in his house, at Block 5, Lot 42, Zenia Street, Elvinda Village, Barangay Nueva, San Pedro, Laguna. Authorities reportedly recovered a .45-caliber pistol and a grenade from Ilao during the raid.
Authorities noted that Ilao is member of a group led by Rajah Sulayman Movement leader Mikhail Abrera alias Abdul Asiz, who was arrested in Zamboanga City last April 16.in a police checkpoint. Both of them are them are believed to be directly involved not only the plan to kidnap Kris Aquino but also bomb attacks in Metro Manila.
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Last Wednesday, President Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III revealed that there were plans to kidnap Manny Pacquiao, Kris Aquino, or one of her children. The outgoing president noted that if the plan is successful, the terrorist will demand the release of their cohorts, in exchange of their victims. He added that there is also a threat against his life
This Thursday, Kris Aquino said she as early as late February, she was already informed about the kidnap plot. The Queen of All Media said this was the main reason why she did not renew her contract with ABS-CBN. Back in March, Kris announced that she will be leaving ABS-CBN temporarily, and cited health and safety as reasons.
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As of posting, PNoy and Kris Aquino have not commented on the arrest of Reynaldo Vasquez Ilao, and authorities have not yet released the photo of him. Further investigation is reportedly on-going, but intelligence operatives are still hoping to get more details from the mobile phone that was seized from the suspect.
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