By Ben O. Tesiorna
Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte expressed surprise and disappointment on the reported posting of bail by alleged carnap syndicate ring leader Ryan Caine "Baktin" Yu for the carnapping charges filed against him here in Davao City.
Reports showed that Yu posted a P1.4 million bailbond last September 11 before the sala of Regional Trial Court Branch 27 Judge Edwin Malazarte in Tandag City, Surigao del Sur.
After posting bail, Yu also signed a written undertaking that states that the cases would be heard even if fails to appear before the court in the future proceedings.
The Regional Trial Court Branch 16 here in Davao City that's hearing the carnapping charges against Yu just recently received the order from the Tandag City court.
For his reaction, Duterte said that since Yu had already submitted himself under the court's jurisdiction, his offer of P5 million reward for the head of Yu delivered to him in a bag no longer stands.
DAVAO CITY MAYOR RODRIGO DUTERTE
It can be recalled that Mayor Duterte offered a P5 million reward to anyone who could bring Yu's head to him wrapped in ice. Duterte was angered by Yu's series of carnapping activities in Davao City sometime last year.
So angered was Mayor Duterte that he solicited funds from several businessmen who were also affected by Yu's illegal activities and came up with the reward money.
Authorities however failed to capture Yu who readily fled the country and went hiding in several countries.
The Ryan Baktin Yu carnap group has been touted as one of the biggest carnapping syndicate in Mindanao. 90% of carnapping incidents in the Davao Region have been perpetrated by the Baktin Group, authorities said.
The Baktin Group is so efficient that they can carnap a vehicle in less than sixty seconds. Proof to this is the CCTV footage in Tagum City where a Baktin member was seen stealing a parked vehicle in only a matter of seconds.
Authorities said the group has links with other carnap syndicates in Cebu.
Duterte said Yu knows some very influential people all over the country thus he was able to elude arrest for almost a year before going back to the Philippines and posting bail.