2 boys kidnapped, found dead; ex-driver is suspect

Posted at 07/23/2014 5:44 PM | Updated as of 07/24/2014 12:11 AM

SULTAN KUDARAT -- Two minors were found dead in a street gutter in Barangay New Pangasinan in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat early Tuesday morning.

Authorities identified the victims as Robert John Mallet, 14, and Rey Pacifico, 16. Both were residents of Tantangan, South Cotabato.

Mallet's mother, Lorna Mallet, was also injured in the incident.

The police are currently looking for the suspect, Jay Sarayno, who used to work as Mallet's family driver.

Based on initial investigation, Sarayno took the victims with him to Isulan to play basketaball on July 19, Saturday.

He returned the next day to tell the victims' families that they were kidnapped and that they needed to pay P50,000 for their freedom.

Mallet's mother went with the suspect to get the victims, but she was found wounded on the road in Barangay New Pangasinan last Monday.

She is currently in critical condition due to wounds on her head and face.

Authorities also found out that P150,000 and a cellphone were taken from her.

The family is seeking justice for the death of the 2 boys. They are willing to give a reward to those who can provide information about the suspect. -- report from Francis Canlas, ABS-CBN News SOKSARGEN