Police: Arrest, not kidnapping incident in Manila

Posted at 05/13/14 3:47 AM

MANILA -- A wanted person was arrested by members of Task Force Tugis on Quirino Avenue in Manila on Monday afternoon, police said.

Police Supt. Mannan Caracas Muarip, chief of police of Manila Police District Station 9, said they received a report through the District Tactical Operation Center that a shooting incident happened on Quirino Avenue, corner Leveriza Street in Malate, Manila.

According to initial reports, a white Kia sports utility vehicle (SUV) was travelling in the area when 4 other vehicles blocked it.

A witness said that around 8 armed men alighted from the other vehicles, fired at the SUV's tires, and sped off with the SUV's driver and passenger.

Two parked vehicles in the area were damaged in the incident.

Muarip said that policemen from their office immediately responded and investigated the incident.

Further investigation showed that the incident was an operation of the Task Force Tugis, under the Office of the Chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Muarip added that they received information that the SUV only had one occupant, as opposed to the witness' account that two men were "abducted".

He also said the vehicles used in the operation were unmarked and were also being used in surveillance operations.

The PNP has yet to identify the person arrested in the operation. -- with reports from Niko Baua, ABS-CBN News