Police arrest one of the Philippines' "most wanted" fugitives. Rolando Farjardo (far HA doh) is wanted for several kidnappings including one involving a Japanese businessman in 1986.
The Philippines' most wanted kidnapping suspect was nabbed by authorities after he arrived in the country on a flight from Singapore on Monday.
Rolando Fajardo (pron far HA doh), the leader of a group police say are responsible for numerous kidnappings, was immediately arrested at the Ninoy Aquino International airport.
[Magtanggol Gatdula, Director, National Bureau of Investigation]:
"We have nine warrants of arrest for kidnap-for-ransom, and a warrant of arrest for car nabbing."
Authorities say Fajardo had been hiding in Italy, and that an informant had tipped them on his return.
Fajardo says he’s innocent.
[Rolando Fajardo, Kidnapping Suspect]:
"I've kept my silence for a long time while people have been saying bad things about me. Now, I am breaking my silence to defend my rights and to prove my innocence."
Fajardo and his younger brother Harold are suspected of being behind a spate of crimes.
Both had been in hiding since being charged with the kidnapping of a Japanese businessman at a golf course in Laguna in 1986.