Dela Rosa brings home kidnap suspect after Thailand trip

Bea Cupin
Dela Rosa brings home kidnap suspect after Thailand trip
The suspect, an alleged member of a kidnap-for-ransom group, is wanted for the abduction and death of a Chinese-Filipino engineer in 2005

MANILA, Philippines – “A very productive hunting trip.”

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa brought home long-wanted kidnap-for-ransom and homicide suspect after a days-long visit to Thailand this week.

In posts on his official Facebook page and personal Facebook account, Dela Rosa said he had “a very productive hunting trip with this ex- cop fugitive who has been wanted for kidnapping for ransom with homicide as the catch.”

Dela Rosa added: “Suspect fled the country & evaded arrest for 10 years while employed as resort manager in Thailand.”

The suspect, later identified as a certain Alexander Pangilinan, appeared to be in handcuffs covered in a piece of clothing as he posed with Dela Rosa at the airport. Pangilinan was a Police Office 1 at the time of his dismissal.

Pangilinan is wanted for the kidnapping and murder of Michael Chan back in 2005. He is allegedly part of the “Dose Pares” group known for kidnapping and other illegal activities. Most supposed members of the gang were once part of the police force.

Pangilinan is currently in the custody of the PNP’s Anti-Kidnapping Group. Dela Rosa is set to present Pangilinan to media on Monday, October 17.

Dela Rosa visited Thailand earlier this week as one of the guests during Royal Thai Police’s anniversary. He left the country on Wednesday, October 12 and returned over the weekend. –

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Bea Cupin

Bea is a senior multimedia reporter who covers national politics. She's been a journalist since 2011 and has written about Congress, the national police, and the Liberal Party for Rappler.