Chinese casino loan sharks a scourge

February 18, 2019

CHINESE casino loan sharks who kidnap their compatriots for their failure to pay  gambling debts are now a major problem of the Philippine National Police Anti-Kidnapping Group, the People’s Journal learned yesterday.

In 2017, there were 35 supposed-to-be kidnap-for-ransom victims in Luzon, 8 of them Chinese nationals, 5 South Koreans, 5 Indians, 14 Filipinos and 1 Taiwanese, 1 Malaysian and 1 Singaporean.

In Mindanao, there were 3 Indonesians, 7 Vietnamese and 22 Filipinos who were kidnapped during the same year.

In 2018, the PNP-AKG Luzon Field Unit recorded 30 ‘KFR’ incidents’ involved 17 Chinese nationals, 1 Taiwanese, 1 Nigerian, 1 Japanese, 2 Indians, and 8 Filipinos. Those incidents all took place in Metro Manila.

In Mindanao, there were 38 KFR cases reported broken down into the following nationalities: 4 Indonesians, 1 Malaysian and 33 Filipinos.

The PNP-AKG recorded 1 KFR incident in Visayas involving a Filipino last year.

PNP-AKG director Chief Superintendent Glenn G. Dumlao said that in 2017, the PNP-AKG recorded a total of 42 KFR cases: 27 in Luzon and 15 in Mindanao. Out of the incidents, 20 were solved by the Luzon AKG; 1 was declared as “cleared” while 6 are still being investigated.

On the other hand, the Mindanao AKG solved 2 of the 15  KFR cases in the region, declared as “cleared” 1 incident while 12 others are under investigation.

Dumlao said that in 2018, there were a total of 46 KFR incidents recorded: 28 in Luzon; 1 in Visayas, and 17 in Mindanao.

Out of these figures, the AKG’s Luzon Field Unit solved 22 of the 28 cases and cleared 3 others. Only 1 incident remains under investigation.

Meanwhile, the AKG Visayas Field Unit declared as “cleared” the single KFR case in the region meaning the suspects were identified and charged in court.

The AKG Mindanao Field Unit meanwhile solved 2 of the 17 cases in the region; declared as “cleared” 5 other incidents and are still investigating 10 other cases.

All in all, the PNP-AGK posted a high crime solution efficiency of 52.17 percent and a crime clearance efficiency of 71.73 percent in 2018.

In 2017, the unit posted a 52.38 percent crime solution efficiency and a 57.14 percent crime clearance efficiency.

Dumlao said that last year, they launched another massive crackdown on foreign nationals who have forged an ‘unholy alliance’ with some local rogues to kidnap their wealthy compatriots and demand millions of pesos in ransom.

Prior to that, 13 of the ruthless kidnappers literally paid for their crimes with their own lives after exchanging fire with PNP-AKG operatives, the Journal Group learned.

The PNP-AKG also hunted more Chinese, Korean and Indian nationals in the country who have formed kidnapping-for-ransom gangs to abduct their wealthy compatriots with the help of their Filipino associates.

In most cases, Indian nationals arrested for kidnapping their compatriots in the country were found to have been working with Indian business groups or companies owned by their targets before.

Year 2018 also saw casino-addicted Korean and Chinese tourists in the country gaining notoriety for concocting kidnap-for-ransom tales in order to earn fast bucks from their families and friends in Korea and Mainland China. Some also turned out to have been held captive inside casino-hotel rooms after failing to pay millions in debt they incurred from loan shark syndicates being financed by their compatriots.

“We have investigated a number of alleged kidnapping-for-ransom cases involving Korean and Chinese tourists in the country following requests from their respective embassies.’’