Director mum on reason behind abduction of workers

April 2, 2018 at 8:42 am Leave a comment

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

DAGUPAN CITY – It’s outside his authority to investigate if the abduction of his two personnel had connection with the failed ambush of an Indian national trader, the director of the Region 1 Medical Center said. RIMC  Director Joseph Roland Mejia told reporters.

R1MC wife of abductee

BEG. A weeping wife and a sister, and a son of one of the two kidnapped victims who begged Director Joseph Roland Mejia of the Region 1 Medical Center in Dagupan City to intercede for the investigation on the whereabouts of Rizaldy Decano, a nursing attendant. Decano and John Mark Poyaon, also a nursing attendant at the R1MC, were abducted last March 12 by six masked men wielding automatic assault rifles. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA

The Indian businessman was ambushed last early February while Rizaldy Decano and John Mark Poyaon were allegedly kidnapped March 12 by six bonnet- wearing men wielding automatic assault rifles at AB Fernandez Avenue.

Mejia said the law enforcement agencies have already leads on the investigation but they will not divulge them to the media.

“Lumabas may mga lead na doon sila pero wala pa silang sinasabi,” he said.

 The National Bureau of Investigation, this city’s police force, and the Criminal Investigation Detection Group are investigating the abduction.

 According to the spot report of the police, about 7:40 am of March 12 the two victims were on board a black motorcycle Yamaha Mio with plate number 2667AT and traveling to the eastern part of AB Fernandez Avenue when a gold-colored Starex van with plate number CSX 312 blocked their way and six armed men forced them to board in the vehicle that abruptly sped toward  the east.

A source, who asked for anonymity, said Poyaon used to be the bodyguard of Filipino Indian trader Kiram “Raja” Mirchandani who was killed by armed men at Castro Sarmiento Village in barangay Bolosan in August 2014.

Action Radyo’s reporter Ahikam D. Pasion said Poyaon reported to the city’s police last December a grave threat when he (businessman) aimed a handgun at him.

Mejia said Decano and Poyaon’s abduction were not connected to narcotics because the hospital staff undergo random drug testing, and they tested negative.

“None of my workforce are into drugs. May random drug testing, pag positive ang empleyado, dismissed. Two na na find out positive dismiss in cooperation with President Duterte (war on drugs) and Civil Service Law. Kung merong drug related person pupunta na po ang PDEA dito kasi we are in coordination with PDEA,” he said.

The director denounced the dastardly act against his two personnel which happened at daytime.

“Broad daylight armado naka bonnet, maraming nakakita dahil rush hours and they carried high powered firearms,” he decried.

The duo, who resided in Barangay Lucao here, have been working as nursing aide but worked as security at the hospital.

Decano, Mejia said, worked at the R1MC for five years while Poyaon, 34, was hired last February 24 only.

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