Forty-five suspected members of a Chinese kidnap-for-ransom group were arrested by authorities in a series of operations in Pasay City this week.
Justice Undersecretary Erickson Balmes said the group is believed to be responsible in the series of kidnapping incidents in recent months perpetrated targetting foreign high roller casino players.
One of the victims, Singaporean Wu Yan, was abducted at the Solaire Resort and Casino in Pasay City. She was later rescued from a residential condominium unit in Parañaque City.
Balmes said the victim was beaten and threatened by her kidnappers who demanded $180,000 for her release.
Citing reports from the Bureau of Immigration (BI), Balmes said Wu was rescued during a joint anti-kidnapping operation conducted by the Bureau of Immigration’s Fugitive Search Unit operatives and the Philippine National Police – Anti Kidnapping Group.
During the operation, the operatives arrested 26 foreigners who failed to present immigration documents and refused to divulge their identities.
Wu tagged three of those arrested as the persons who forcibly took her from the Solaire Resort and Casino.
The three were identified as Malaysians Ng Yu Meng and Goh Kok Keong and Chinese Zhang Fuxing, allegedly the leader of the kidnapping group.
Balmes said the AKG conducted another follow up operation resulting in the arrest of 19 more foreigners who are also suspected to be members of the kidnapping group.