Prominent Sorsogon businessman unfairly dragged into Chua kidnapping

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 July)  — A prominent businessman in Sorsogon has complained that his name was unfairly dragged into the kidnapping of a businesswoman from Quezon City who was rescued in Davao City on July 11.  

Nelson Doloiras, who had served for several years as  President of the Sorsogon Chamber of Commerce and Chair of the Sorsogon Water District, told MindaNews that he is not the owner of a white Mitsubishi Montero vehicle used in the kidnapping.

The Montero vehicle was erroneously reported by various media outlets, including MindaNews, as having beregistered to Nelson Doloiras of Sorsogon, with temporary plate number BW3086.

Sr. Supt. Ronald dela Rosa, city police director who was reported as the source who mentioned Doloiras’ name told MindaNews on Thursday that “we did not expose such name in our reports.”

He said Doloiras’ name “was picked up by some media people covering the crime scene when two of the documents found inside the suspects’ Montero, an OR (Official Receipt) and CR (Certificate of Registration) of an Isuzu Elf bearing the name of Nelson Doloiras of Sorsogon City, were included in the inventory of items with possible evidentiary value gathered at the crime scene. Such documents may have some bearing in our investigation.”

Dela Rosa added that “sana naman makapagbigay rin sya (Doloiras) ng paliwanag bakit nasa suspects’ car and OR/CR ng cargo truck niya kung nanaisin o mararapatin man nya” (We hope he can also provide an explanation why the OR/CR of his cargo truck was in the suspects’ car).  

Doloiras told MindaNews in a telephone interview on Friday morning that he went to the office of the Philippine National Police’s Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG; formerly PACER) in Camp Crame on Thursday to personally inquire into the status of the investigation and was told there were around ten registration papers found in the Montero vehicle used by the kidnappers, including an expired registration paper of his Isuzu Elf truck, with plate number GNW 892 2010.

He said he does not know how that registration paper which expired in 2010, found its way into the Montero.  He said it must have been stolen from his truck.

Doloiras noted that the presence of several registration papers in the Montero was apparently intended to divert authorities.

He lamented that the dragging of his name into Chua’s kidnapping has “caused us so many problems” and hopes the error is immediately corrected.

According to Francisco Villaroman, chief of the Public Safety Command Center (PSCC) in Davao City who gave reporters an update on the Chua kidnapping during the I-Speak Forum on Thursday, the Montero vehicle used by the kidnappers who were killed in the shootout was bought in Baliuag, Bulacan and owned by someone from Angono, Rizal. Villaroman did not name the owner.

The two other vehicles, Villaroman said, were Pajero vehicles, not Monteros as earlier reported (see Chua kidnap update: the getaway vehicles were Pajeros, not Monteros)  (MindaNews)