Another Chinese ‘casino loan shark’ victim rescued

August 27, 2019

ANOTHER Chinese tourist who became a victim of a casino loan shark syndicate in the country was rescued during an operation in Makati City which also led to the arrest of four other Chinese nationals.

Philippine National Police Anti-Kidnapping Group (PNP-AKG) chief Colonel Jonnel C. Estomo said victim Li Xin arrived in Manila from China last July 24 to work in an online gaming company in Makati City. Last Saturday, the victim and a friend went to the Okada Resort and Casino in Parañaque to play baccarat.

After Li lost all his money, members of the syndicate approached him and offered him a P200,000 loan with 20 percent interest for every winning bet.

Around 4 a.m. the next day, the victim lost P140,000 at the baccarat table and the suspects to told him he need to go with them outside the hotel.

Fearing he will be abducted after being surrounded by the suspects, the victim returned the remaining P60,000 he borrowed from the group and then created a commotion that called the attention of casino security officers.

Estomo said that Okada security officers contacted their office after they learned through an interpreter that the victim feared he would be snatched by the suspects.

PNP-AKG officers who went to the Okada security office later placed under arrest the four Chinese nationals identified as Zhao Liang, 31 and Liu Tao, 34, both from Tian Jin; Li Lin, 28, of Liaoning, China; and Jin Ning, 29, of He Nan, China. The victim identified them as the four men who threatened to kidnap him for non-payment of debt.

PNP-AKG spokesman, Lieutenant Col. Elmer Cereno said the suspects were found to be tourists working for a casino loan shark syndicate in Manila’s Entertainment City.