By Anthony S. Allada/Edge Davao
RYAN Yap Yu, also known for his alias “Baktin,” has become an instant celebrity of sort, after he was tagged to be the leader of a big-time carnap ring operating not just locally but also nationally.
But who is really this man? Yu, 32, is a son of a Chinese traders Doya and Vicky Yu, who owns the Ultrastar Grocery Store in Bagong Lungsod, Tandag City in Surigao del Sur.
Those who know him claimed that the “Baktin” (piglet) nickname reportedly refers to his short height but big body frame. He inherited his height from his father.
The Yu family has been in Tandag City for decades already and gifted with four siblings – two men and two women – that includes Ryan. They were no longer Chinese-speaking but “Kamayo,” the dialect used by Mandaya people since Tandag is known to be populated with Mandayas.
Lately, the family built the Ultrastar Marketing, their second and bigger “mini mall” in the city engaged in selling groceries, ready-to-wears (RTWs), among others. But it is not engaged in selling cars.
The same establishment was the subject of police raid last week that resulted to the recovery of stolen highend vehicles.
It was later known that Yu used the parking area of the mall to be the depot of the stolen items.
But according to his parents, they really did not have knowledge that their son was involved in a carnapping syndicate.
As far as they were concerned, their business is legitimate and that they have nothing to do with Ryan’s wrongdoings.
The two branches of Ultrastar are still open for business as of this time.
Ryan is known to be travelling from one place to another. He usually makes friends with politicians, police officials and even some media personalities.
Some were even aware that he became big-time because he was engaged in illegal activities but they just kept it themselves because they already received “grease money” from him.
But now that all eyes are training on Yu, they just claimed that they just knew him by name.