Aunt of kidnapped La Salle Greenhills student admits role in the abduction

• A Grade 8 student of La Salle Greenhills was a******d on Sunday, December 6
• The boy’s aunt who fetched him from the school admitted her involvement in the crime
• The police launched a manhunt operation against the aunt’s accomplice

The aunt of a 12-year-old student of La Salle Greenhills who was held hostage by a holdup man last Sunday, December 6, admitted her role in the crime.

GMA News Online, in an article dated December 7, 2015, said Emil Sumangil reported in GMA Network’s “24 Oras” that the boy’s aunt owned up to her involvement in her nephew’s abduction with the help of a male accomplice.

Senior Police Officer 4 Marifer Bala of the Pasig City Police’s Women’s desk said the aunt, identified as Annalyn Perez, was initially reported to have been held together with her nephew.

In an earlier statement, Perez, who was driving a silver Toyota Vios when she fetched her nephew from La Salle after his football practice, narrated that a “decent-looking” man suddenly barged inside the car and pointed an undetermined weapon to the child.

The man initially demanded a P100,000 for the child’s release but agreed to the P40,000 the boy’s father’s offered. The suspect met the victim’s father at a mall in Pasig City where he received the ransom in exchange for the boy’s release. The suspect then asked to be driven to a mall in Mandaluyong where he got off the car and reportedly rode a motorcycle.

The boy’s father and Perez reported the incident to the Pasig Police nearly five hours after the incident. When asked why he did not contact the police when he had the chance, the boy’s father said he feared for his son’s safety.

At 3:30 p.m. on Monday, December 7, while the police were conducting a follow-up investigation on the case, Perez broke down and confessed that she was involved in her nephew’s abduction, saying she was being bothered by her conscience. She claimed she wanted to earn some money for a family member who was ill.

Jovic Yee wrote in an article published by the Philippine Daily Inquirer on December 7, 2015 that Pasig City Police investigation unit head Police Inspector Roberto Garcia said Perez will be charged with robbery in relation to Republic Act No. 7610, or the “Special Protection of Children Against A***e, Exploitation and Discrimination Act.

Perez’ accomplice, a certain Billy who posed as the kidnapper, is now being hunted by the police.