Chinese national, AWOL soldier nabbed for kidnap

February 25, 2020

ELEMENTS of Philippine National Police-Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG) arrested a Chinese national and a AWOL military personnel for allegedly kidnapping  two Chinese nationals who are employees of Philippine Offshore Gaming Operation (POGO) during their operations on Monday night in Pampanga.

PNP-AKG Luzon Field Unit chief Police Lieutenant Colonel Villaflor Bannawagan identified the suspects as  Zhu Li, a Chinese national and Julius Gangan Tumolva, a Filipino and a military personnel who had gone AWOL (Absence without Official Leave) since 2004.

Accordingly the suspects kidnapped the victims identified as Chenger Qiang and Zhoang Song Qin both employees of POGO and staying at Eurotel, Makati City.

The incident was reported to PNP-AKG by the victims’ friends identified as Lou Liqiang and Zhejiang.

The report said the victims were abducted from Makati City and were brought to Clark  last February, 22, 2020.

Bannawagan said the victims left Shidaiken Technology Corporation as they were initially hired as computer technicians but were made to work as POGO workers.

In response to the report, elements of PNP-AKG conducted an operation and proceeded to  room 3704 in Fontana Leisure Park in Clark City, Pampanga on Tuesday night.

The operation resulted in the rescue of the victims and arrest of the suspects.

Seized during the operation were one cal .45 Armscor pistol, four magazines with six live ammunition, two handcuffs and a knife.

According to the victims, they were hurt by their abductors. As they faced the media, they showed some bruises in various parts of their bodies.

Bannawagan said the victims had already undergone medical check-up.

According to PNP spokesman Police Major Ronaldo Lumactod, the Chinese suspect was the supervisor of the POGO firm while the Filipino suspect was working as a private security agent.

The arrested suspects are presently under the custody of the PNP-AKG as criminal charges against them are being prepared.

Bannawagan said authorities are checking if other personalities are involved in the incident.