PHILIPPINE National Police Anti-Kidnapping Group (PNP-AKG) director, Colonel Jonnel C. Estomo yesterday announced the arrest of three Asian nationals accused of kidnapping a 29-year-old Taiwanese national whom they rescued unharmed inside a posh Makati City condominium.
In a report to PNP Officer-in-Charge, Lieutenant General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa, the official said that victim Chang Hsu-Chu, a POGO employee in the country, was found to have been kidnapped at the RCBC Plaza in Makati City shortly after he went to the Taiwan Embassy last October 16.
Estomo said that Taiwan police attache to Manila, Colonel Jerry Wang sought their assistance in investigating the case of the victim last Friday shortly after the Taiwan Embassy received an information from the victim’s mother that still unidentified men demanded ransom worth 30 million RMB from her in exchange for the safe release of her son.
According to the victim’s mother, she sent 180,000 New Taiwan Dollar to a bank account given her by the kidnappers. The money was sent thru Taishin International Bank in the name of one Lin Ya-Hua.
Estomo said that members of the PNP-AKG Luzon Field Unit headed by Lt. Col. Villaflor Bannawagan acted on the information of Col. Wang that the victim was being held captive inside Room 1112 of the Berjaya Hotel in Makati City.
The official said that PNP-AKG officers, in coordination with the hotel security managers and the Makati City Police Station went to the room where they safely rescued the abducted Taiwanese national 10:20 p.m. last Friday and arrested three of his kidnappers.
The suspects were identified as Chinese national Jiawei Rong,24, a customer service employee at the Huaxin Company in Makati City billeted at Room 1105 of the Milano Residences; Chang Hong Tang,40, a Malaysian national staying at Unit 3119 of Knightbridge Residences in Makati; and Yang Lei,37, another Chinese national staying at Room 504 Makati Palace Hotel.
Estomo said that during an investigation, the Taiwanese national claimed that Jiawei Rong was introduced to him by a friend named Sisi Liu last October 2. The victim said that Rong then agreed to rent Unit 1105 of the Milano Residences from him for P45,000 a month.
The suspect paid the complainant a total of P200,000 or a 6-month advance payment for the unit. However, last October 11, Jiawei Rong sought the victim in Room 2307-A of the Milano Residences and demanded that he return his deposit since he wanted to transfer to another place, the Gram Marcy Hotel.