POLICE rescued two Taiwanese nationals from six Chinese casino loan sharks after they failed to pay their debt Tuesday evening in Las Piñas City.
Acting Southern Police District (SPD) District director Chief Supt. Eliseo Cruz said Sha Chang Ping and Yuan Hua-Pin, both from Taipe, were held captives at 189 Daisy Road corner Marygold Road, Pilar Village, by their abductors led by Zhikun Gou, 28, a Chinese national.
Five of Zhikun cohorts were identified as Tze Xiao, Weiping Wang, Zhao Ma, Huang Yang andi Xiangquan Lu.
In a report received by Senior Supt. Cruz, relatives of Sha Chang Ping sought the help of Taiwan Economic Cultural Office (TECO) after receiving a call from Zhikun Gou demanding them to pay P7 million in exchange for the release of the victims.
Las Piñas police Intelligence Unit conducted surveillance operation in the area past 6 p.m. and noticed a Chinese looking man inside threw a piece of crumpled paper with written word “help”, prompting them to barged in and found Chinese-looking men inside.
Las Piñas City police chief Senior Supt. Simnar Gran said the victims were abducted by the suspects last December 2 and were detained illegally inside their rented apartment to force their relatives to pay their debt after losing in a casino.
Police also recovered from the area a Mitsubishi Montero (UYO-635) used by the suspects in abducting the victims, a duct tape, metal chain, credit cards, passports and P12,000 cash.
A case of kidnap for ransom will be filed by police against the arrested Chinese nationals before the Las Piñas Prosecutor’s Office.