AGENTS of the Philippine National Police Anti-Kidnapping Group early morning Saturday arrested three Chinese nationals who were accused of kidnapping one of their compatriots inside the posh Okada casino-hotel in Pasay City, PNP-AKG director, Colonel Jonnel C. Estomo told the Journal Group yesterday.
The official said that the suspects were identified as the men who seized and detained complainant Yan Liang alias ‘Ryan Yan’ inside a room at the Okada Hotel. He said that hotel security officers sought their assistance in investigating the alleged kidnapping incident which took place at the vicinity of the hotel.
Estomo said that a team from the AKG Luzon Field Unit led by Major Erving Chan placed the suspects under arrest and took them and the victim to the PNP-AKG headquarters in Camp Crame for further investigation.
It was the latest kidnapping incident involving Chinese nationals investigated by the PNP-AKG. Last Thursday. AKG operatives arrested three Chinese nationals accused of kidnapping and torturing one of their compatriots over unpaid gambling debt.
In a report to PNP Officer-in-Charge, Lieutenant General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa, the official identified the arrested suspects as Qui Xia Lin, 23; Lu Wen Wen , 29; and Sun Hoa Tian, 27, Qui Xia Lin and Lu Wen Wen are both from Fujian, China while Sun Hoa Tian is form Honan province.
Estomo said that a team of officers from the AKG Luzon Field Unit led by Lieutenant Colonels Joel Saliba and Dexter Versola, with the assistance of officers from the Manila Police District Station 6 arrested the three inside house no. 2653 in Lamayan Street, Sta. Ana, Manila at around 8:20 p.m. Thursday.
According to Estomo, the victim identified as Li Jun, assisted by Chinese interpreter Linda Ong Lim appeared at their headquarters in Camp Crame to seek assistance regarding his kidnapping.
The official said that during questioning, the victim said he went to the country to work as a personnel of an online gambling company last Wednesday.
The victim said he was promised to be given a monthly salary of 50,000 to 60,000 RMB by his recruiters.
Shortly after he arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 in Pasay City around 7:30 a.m. last Wednesday, the victim said another Chinese national and his Filipino driver fetched him from the airport on board a gray van.
Estomo said the Chinese said he was surprised when he was taken to a 3-storey building where six more Chinese nationals forced him to sign a 160,000 RMB loan agreement dated September 2019 and instructed him to call his family from China and instruct them to pay his debt.
The PNP-AKG director said that they learned that the victim was beaten up by the suspects who also grabbed his personal belongings including his passport.
After being beaten, the victim called up his family abroad and asked them to transfer a total of 5,000 RMB to the kidnappers’ account. Estomo said that around 6:45 a.m.Thursday, the victim claimed he managed to escape from his abductors and report the incident to the Sta. Ana police station before seeking the assistance of the Chinese Embassy.
Estomo said that during follow-up operations, his men arrested the three suspects who were positively identified by Li Jun as the men who abducted and beat him after forcing him to sign the loan agreement.