A CHINESE tourist whose reported “kidnapping-for-ransom” prompted the China Embassy to seek the attention of the Philippine National Police Anti-Kidnapping Group (PNP-AKG) last week had confessed he was a victim of a casino loan shark syndicate and not real kidnappers, the Journal Group learned yesterday.
Liang Qi’s reported “kidnapping” was first reported by his parents to their government through an e-mail message. In turn, China’s Embassy in Manila forwarded the report to the PNP-AKG headed by Colonel Jonnel C. Estomo last week.
According to Estomo, he sent a team of AKG Luzon Field Unit investigators led by Major Lowelber Ceralvo to the Bayview Park Hotel Manila last Saturday to verify the incident.
The team found out that Liang Qi was not kidnapped for ransom but owed a gambling debt to Chinese nationals Luo Tao and Lie Xie who were the occupants of the hotel Room 403 who checked out 10:25 a.m. Saturday.
Estomo said that around 10:30 a.m. Saturday, the CCTV recording showed Liang Qi leaving the hotel with the two Chinese nationals and another unidentified Chinese. Through backtracking, they were able to locate the victim in the same area.