Trader with alleged crime links ‘abducted’ inside Seda Nuvali hotel

A prominent businessman who served as the “anti-crime” chief of slain Tanauan City mayor Antonio Halili was abducted Wednesday night with a companion inside Seda Nuvali Hotel in Santa Rosa, Laguna.

Allan Fajardo speaking during the Tanauan City MACG’s Chrismas party in December 2015. (Photo from Facebook page of MAGC)

SANTA ROSA CITY – A prominent businessman who served as the “anti-crime” chief of slain Tanauan City mayor Antonio Halili was abducted
along with a companion Wednesday night while having dinner inside a restaurant in Nuvali, this city, police said Thursday.

Allan Fajardo, a businessman whose family also had alleged ties to criminal activities in the region, was having dinner with his companion Ricky Atienza at 8 pm on Wednesday when armed men forcibly took them, said Lt. Col. Chitadel Gaoiran, spokesperson of the Calabarzon police. The two were forced into a white van, Gaoiran said.

The identities of the armed men are not year clear, although there are unconfirmed reports that they used “fake warrants.”

The abduction happened in Misto, a restaurant inside Seda Nuvali hotel in this city. Nuvali is one of the top mixed-use developments in the country that boasts of several gated and highly secured communities and villages. Seda Nuvali is part of the Seda hotel chain owned by the Ayalas, who also own the Nuvali development and other similar high-end estates across the country.

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Fajardo with Mayor Antonio Halili in the same Christmas party in 2015. Halili was shot dead in 2018. (Photo from Facebook page of MAGC)

The hotel is located just off the Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Road across Solenad mall..

Fajardo is said to be in the scraps business. As close aide of Mayor Halili,
he headed the “Mayor’s Anti-Crime Group” in Tanauan City Halili was gunned down in July 2018 after President Duterte accused him of involvement in illegal drugs, an accusation Halili had denied.

Around Laguna, the so-called Fajardo Group is notorious for its alleged criminal activities, at one point listed in the “order of battle” of the police. Allan Fajardo has denied the allegations.

Rolando Fajardo, a younger brother, allegedly led the 1986 kidnapping in Laguna of Noboyuki Wakaoji, the Philippines head of the Japanese firm Mitsui and Co. Rolando denied involvement in the abduction, saying he was just a child when it happened. The Communist Party of the Philippines later admitted participation in the kidnapping after paying a $10 million ransom, according to a report by The Japan Times. Rolando Fajardo was killed in an ambush in August 2015.

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Polmark Fajardo, another brother, is running for councilor of  Tanauan City in the May elections. (Laguna Now)