Fake kidnapping brains a multimillionaire

Fake kidnapping brains a multimillionaire
The Eastern Police District established that Senior Insp. Oliver Villanueva was the owner of the black Toyota Fortuner photographed in the Edsa robbery incident on Sept 1.

MANILA, Philippines-The police officer tagged as the mastermind of the high-profile robbery and abduction on Edsa in Mandaluyong City on Sept. 1 is apparently the richest among his implicated colleagues in the La Loma police station.

Senior Insp. Oliver Villanueva, head of the investigation and intelligence branch of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Station 1 based in La Loma, declared a net worth of P7.3 million for 2010, P6.6 million for 2012 and P6.5 million for 2013, according to his data sheet from the QCPD human resources division.

Villanueva declared assets worth P9.7 million for 2010, P10.1 million for 2012 and P8.1 million last year.

He reported a gross income of P455,841 for 2010 and P605,133 for 2012.

Villanueva is one of seven police officers still being tracked down in connection with the abduction and robbery incident, in which armed men, most of whom turned out to be policemen from the La Loma station, were photographed accosting passengers of a vehicle on Edsa in Barangay (village) Wack-Wack.

Lifestyle check

His assets are bigger than those of a higher-ranking colleague already arrested and charged for the Edsa abduction, La Loma station deputy commander Chief Insp. Joseph de Vera.

De Vera declared only P420,000 in assets in 2010, with P297,889.82 in gross income.

The QCPD spokesman, Senior Insp. Maricar Taqueban, said the QCPD head, Director Richard Albano, had ordered a "lifestyle check" on the policemen implicated in the Edsa abduction.

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