7 kidnappers nabbed, 2 Chinese victims rescued

AGENTS of the Philippine National Police Anti-Kidnapping Group (PNP-AKG) late evening Monday rescued unharmed two kidnapped Chinese  workers in Metro Manila and arrested six of their compatriots and their Filipino cohort in connection with the abductions, PNP-AKG director, Brigadier General Jonnel C. Estomo announced yesterday.

In a report to PNP chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa, the official identified the foreigners rescued respectively in Parañaque and Pasay cities as Le Chen and Den Lingyi. It is believed that the two applied for work in a Chinese-run POGO company but ended up being forced to work for an illegal online gambling establishment which they resented, thus their abduction.

Estomo said members of the AKG Luzon Field Unit led by Colonel Villaflor Bannawagan rescued Chen inside QRO1 199 Roxas Boulevard in Parañaque City at 11:50 p.m. Monday following a complaint from his Filipina live-in partner Mariel Mirabel.

The official said Mirabel went to their headquarters in Camp Crame to complain that her live-in partner was abducted by his fellow Chinese nationals who also demanded P84,000 for his safe release.

The ensuing AKG operation resulted in the rescue of Le Chen and the arrest of Chinese nationals Gao Tong Tong, Tian Yu, Liang Kai, Cheng Yong Qing, Zhang Bo Xu and Wang Xuan and their local accomplice identified as Edgar Ortiz.

Recovered from the suspects were several cell phones, laptop computers and other pieces of evidence connected to the reported kidnapping, said Estomo.

The PNP-AKG director said a follow-up operation also led in the rescue of another suspected Chinese kidnapping victim identified as Den Lingyi inside the Dexin 999 Company located at no. 146 Don Carlos Revilla Street in Pasay City.

However, no arrests were made during the said operation.

Estomo said they found out during investigation that Le Chen last July 12 applied online at a Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator (POGO) company called as Sparc. Four days later, he was fetched from his house by an unidentified Chinese national supposedly for an interview.

The victim was believed to have been taken to the Villa Carolina 3 Townhouse 3 in Barangay Tambo in Parañaque City where he later called up his live-in partner to tell her he is being forced to work on an illegal online gambling establishment.

Estomo said they learned that the victim was made to sign a spurious contract and was detained against his will when he told his fellows they can’t work for their illegal online gambling activities.

“He was held captive and forced to call his live-in partner and demand money for his safe release. He was also told that he will be sold to another company if he will fail to heed the ransom demand,” Estomo said.

The official said the arrested suspects are now undergoing investigation at the PNP-AKG headquarters pending the filing of appropriate criminal charges against them.