The life journey of Dennis Roldan is one of those Philippine morality tales that crop up every once in while. Handsome Dennis was a film star back in the 1980s. When his career burned out he became a congressman for QC from 1992 to 1995. After that, the world sort of forgot about Dennis Roldan until he appeared in Monday’s newspapers clad in one of those natty orange and black “DETAINEE” t-shirts, accused of kidnapping a child.
Despite the precipitousness of his fall, there is nothing too extraordinary about Dennis Roldan. In fact he seems to have made the obvious choices that are open to a good-looking Philippine man in search of a thrill. When his (one need hardly say) undistinguished tenure as congressman ran out, he became a high-roller, losing, it is reported, millions of pesos on cock-fighting. Dennis was slipping and sliding by now, rumoured to be heavy into shabu (methamphetamine)—oh, Dennis, your life is such a cliché!—and in need of some fast dough.
He also (surprise) took a mistress. After all, Dennis wouldn’t be a member of a certain type of Philippine male if he didn’t have Lady Macbeth behind him. From what we know of her, Suzette See Wang, is quite a character too. Seeing her man floundering in reservoirs of debt, she decided that she would help him to kidnap the three-year-old child of one of her Chinese-Filipino friends. They decided to demand 250 million pesos ($5 million) to help resolve Dennis’s financial problems. . What a nice girlfriend to come up with such an ingenious plan to help her man.
So Bonnie and Clyde kidnapped her friend’s child. According to Teresita Ang-See, there are witnesses to Dennis's participation in the job:
She claimed police had witnesses present when the kidnappers seized the boy outside his nursery school at the Ortigas Center in Pasig City.
During the abduction, Ang-See alleged, Roldan and Wang were on board a vehicle that served as a back-up to the Honda CRV sport utility vehicle (SUV), into which the boy was initially dragged after he was abducted.
"Later on, the kidnappers transferred the boy to Roldan's car," she alleged. "He was really involved. The boy saw him and Suzette."
They then put the little boy on the phone to his mother asking to be taken home. Charming. It seems that Dennis and Suzette had been a wee bit ambitious and ended up with just 3 million pesos, about 1% of the ask. Their amateurish escapade was busted by the police (boy, they must have been really bad) Dennis was arrested and immediately tried to shift the blame to his partner in crime. Suzette then “attempted suicide” by standing on a ledge being photographed and then tried to slash her wrists (weep for this poor woman). She was taken to hospital with light lacerations and released the next day.
It’s a hell of a story. They should make a film of it.
Now if you really want to gamble, let’s have a wee bet on when Dennis “finds God” shall we?