But the fugitive is not being linked to the murder of a Coca-Cola executive Following a blaze of bad publicity over the kidnap-killing of a Coca-Cola executive, police shot dead a notorious kidnapper and three henchmen during a pre-dawn, high-speed car chase yesterday. One policeman was killed and five injured in the shootout in Bataan province's Dinalupihan town, about 90km northwest of Manila. Filipino-Chinese Roberto Yap, wanted as a fugitive from justice, was mistakenly pinpointed by Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as the alleged mastermind in the abduction of Betti Chua Sy, a Coca-Cola executive whose body was found on Tuesday. Mrs Arroyo told a gathering of advertising executives: 'I would like to announce that the kidnappers of the Coca-Cola executive have been caught, some of them. The others have been killed in an encounter including their leader, the notorious number one kidnapper in the order of battle [wanted list] - Roberto Yap.' Deputy presidential spokesman Ricardo Saludo later issued a clarification that Yap was indeed the most-wanted kidnapper but did not mastermind Sy's abduction. Despite this early jubilation over the alleged solving of a sensational case, Citizens Action Against Crime spokeswoman Teresita Ang-See said Yap's killing was still 'highly commendable even if it took more than one year'. Yap, she said, was a doctor who had long abandoned his profession and 'practised his criminal act as far back as four years ago'. Yap's training came in handy at times, such as when he abducted a diabetic middle-aged man. In his mid- to late-40s, he had turned from medicine to the more lucrative business of kidnapping, hijacking, fraud, bank and jewellery shop robbery, she said. He was apparently a dangerous man to know: 'His victims mainly were his own acquaintances, former business partners, his own relatives and neighbours,' she said. 'He's one of the most notorious criminals we have encountered,' Ms Ang-See said. Yap's case was typical of the cottage-industry nature of local kidnappings. His cousin is currently in jail for the same crime. Yap was arrested and tried for kidnapping. 'Unfortunately, halfway through the trial, he was given bail. He jumped bail before the promulgation of his sentence in July last year,' she said. The police only tried to capture him in earnest about two months ago when six kidnappings were pinned on him this year. Ms Ang-See said their group 'knows' of nine abductions done by Yap. She stressed that Yap was an aberration in the close-knit Filipino-Chinese community. 'The Chinese-Filipinos are really shocked that this Roberto Yap could still do it because they know how traumatising a kidnap incident is.'