AGENTS of the Philippine National Police Anti-Kidnapping Group on Wednesday rescued unharmed two kidnapped Chinese nationals and arrested five of their compatriots who are all believed to be working for a casino loan shark syndicate in the country, PNP-AKG director, Colonel Jonnel C. Estomo announced yesterday.
In a report to PNP chief, General Oscar D. Albayalde, the official said that rescued kidnapping victims Wang Zhe, 21, and Zhang Jia, 32, are former Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator (POGO) workers in the country who were seized by the suspects last September 27 in Pasay City.
The PNP-AKG director said that another former POGO employee identified as Zhang Yao reported the abduction of his former officemates from the Di Wang Online Gaming with office at Invech Treasure, Building E, Six West Campus, Legrand Avenue in McKinley Hlls, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City at 12 a.m. Wednesday.
The foreigner said the two victims left the company last September 16 when they realized they were working for a firm involved in online gaming which is illegal in China. The two also decided to process their travel documents and go back to China, he told PNP-AKG investigators.
However, when they were about to pick up their documents from fixers near Hotel 101 in Pasay City at around 4:30 p.m. last September 27, they were allegedly abducted and handcuffed by the Chinese suspects who demanded 80,000 RMB for their release.
Estomo said that members of the PNP-AKG Luzon Field Unit led by Lieutenant Col. Villaflor Bannawagan conducted an investigation into the complaint but were prevented from doing their duty by two security officers of the hotel identified as Pepe Mengullo and Welson Borlado.
Thru negotiations with the help of an interpreter, the PNP-AKG operatives managed to rescue the two victims and arrest five of their captors identified as Zou Jian Cong, 26;Yang Yu Yang,41; Bruce Gao Zhan,26; Chen Xing Ding,49; and Wang Jian Bo,31.
Estomo said the suspects allegedly brought the victims to the office of their former employer and demanded 80,000 RMB or around P578,200 for their release.
After a series of negotiations, the official said that the families of the victims wired 68,000 RMB (around P491,500) and 219,000 RMB (around P1,582,900) to the suspects.
The victims, however, were not released as the suspects demanded more money prompting their friend to seek the help of the PNP-AKG. Estomo said that apart from the five Chinese nationals, his men also arrested the two security guards and a hotel utility officer identified as Jose Marlito,35, for obstruction of justice.
PNP-AKG spokesman, Lt. Col. Elmer Cereno said that last Thursday, the five Chinese nationals were inquested for kidnapping-for-ransom with serious illegal detention before the Department of Justice.