Marco, Michele Gumabao react to dad's case

Posted at 08/26/14 3:53 PM

Photo from Michele's instagram page

MANILA – Celebrity siblings Michele and Marco Gumabao are standing behind their father, former congressman and actor Dennis Roldan, after he was found guilty of masterminding the kidnapping of a three-year-old Filipino-Chinese boy in 2005.

Marco and Michele both used their personal Twitter account on Tuesday to express their support for their father.

According to Michele, her father’s strength never ceases to amaze her.

“Your strength and love for God is what amazes me papa. I love you and I am proud of you!We will never stop fighting by your side. Trust God,” she said.

Marco, for his part, simply said: “All in God's plan.”

The siblings also thanked their Twitter followers for their support.

On Tuesday morning, Judge Rolando Mislang of Pasig City Regional Trial Court Branch 167 ruled that Roldan -- Mitchell Gumabao in real life -- and two of his companions, Rowena San Andres and Adrian Domingo, are guilty beyond reasonable doubt in the kidnap-for-ransom case.

The judge sentenced the three to reclusion perpetua. No parole was recommended for the three.

The judge also ordered the three to pay P100,000 in civil indemnity, P100,000 for moral damages and P100,000 for exemplary damages to the family of the kidnap victim.

The judge ordered Roldan and the two others to be brought to New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa.

The former Quezon City congressman said he will appeal the verdict.

Roldan, a former basketball player, entered show business before venturing into politics. He was elected congressman of Quezon City's 3rd District in 1992.

He later became a pastor of Jesus Christ the Life Giver Ministry based in Quezon City.