Dennis Roldan has been found guilty of masterminding the kidnapping of a 3-year-old Filipino-Chinese boy in 2005. The former congressman and actor was sentenced to reclusion perpetua or at least 30 years in prison together with two of his companions. Judge Rolando Mislang of Pasig City Regional Trial Court Branch 167 ruled that Dennis Roldan, Mitchell Gumabao in real life, Rowena San Andres and Adrian Domingo, are guilty beyond reasonable doubt in the kidnap-for-ransom case. No parole was recommended for the three and the judge also ordered them to pay 100,000 pesos in civil indemnity, 100,000 pesos for moral damages and 100,000 pesos for exemplary damages to the family of the kidnap victim.

Dennis Roldan Guilty Verdict

Dennis Roldan remained passive while the decision was being read.

The family members of the Filipino-Chinese boy Kenshi Yu, who was kidnapped by a group led by former Quezon City congressman Dennis Roldan in 2005 on Tuesday welcomed his conviction by a Pasig court. The victim’s family became emotional when the Pasig Regional Trial Court Branch 167 handed the guilty verdict on Roldan and his two co-accused.

According to report Anti-kidnapping crusader Teresita Ang See, who witnessed the handing down of the verdict, lauded the court’s decision. It was also said that, Roldan was listening while the decision was being read. His lawyers said they are confident the court will favor them during the case’s automatic review.

Meanwhile, Rowena San Andres and Adrian Domingo, wept, saying they did not expect the decision and were not able to prepare their family for their immediate separation. Another accused, Suzette Wang’s whereabouts are unclear. Noel San Andres and Romeo Orcajada, also accused, are both deceased, while another accused, Octavio Garces, was acquitted.

Dennis Roldan and two other suspects were immediately brought to the New Bilibid Prisons in Muntinlupa City, as part of a commitment order pushed by presiding Judge Rolando Mislang. All three will be held at the NBP until pending the result of the automatic review of the case.

Dennis Roldan Kidnapping Case :

Dennis Roldan was arrested on February 20, 2005 for allegedly masterminding the kidnapping of a three-year-old son of a wealthy trader’s wife. The Chinese-Filipino boy was on his way to his school with his nanny at the AIC Gold Tower on Emerald Avenue in Pasig when the kidnapping incident happens. The kidnappers demanded P250 million in ransom for the boy, but the family tried to settle things with the kidnappers saying they could not raise the said amount.

The boy was rescued unharmed after 11 days by members of the Police Anti-Crime Emergency Response Group (PACER) from a safe house in Cubao, Quezon City. Dennis Roldan was apprehended by PACER agents at his home in Filinvest II, Quezon City after two of the suspects pointed him and his supposed girlfriend, Suzette Wang, who had been a friend of the victim’s mother and was said to be the boy’s godmother, as the alleged masterminds of the kidnapping. Seven suspects were arrested and Dennis Roldan was one of them.

The group was charged with kidnapping and illegal possession of firearms that same year.

On July 2006, Dennis Roldan posted a bail of P500,000. In her decision, Judge Agnes Reyes-Carpio of the Pasig Regional Trial Court said there was no clear proof that the evidence against Roldan was strong. Victim’s family, as well as anti-crime groups, slammed the decision and accused the judge of being biased in his favor.

In January 2007, suspect Albert Pagdanganan, who accused Roldan of masterminding the kidnapping, was killed in an anti-carjacking operation in Quezon City.

In August 2008, the kidnap victim himself, then 6 years old, positively identified Dennis Roldan as the “big boss” of his abductors. Two months later, the boy’s father died in Benguet when his car fell into a 250-meter deep ravine and caught fire.

Dennis Roldan, on the other hand, became a full-time pastor soon after he posted bail.

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