ZAMBOANGA CITY –Police moved Sunday to rescue a Chinese trader kidnapped in Zamboanga del Sur.
Officials said Lee Tan, 37, was kidnapped on his way to pay a Filipino creditor in Aurora town. His Filipino wife, Melfe, reported the kidnapping to police in Pagadian City where the couple runs the Dong Lee store.
The woman said she spoke to her husband on his mobile phone shortly after he reached the town, but was shocked when a man phoned her to say that they kidnapped Lee. She said the trader was travelling alone in a van.
She told police the kidnappers were demanding half a million pesos for Lee’s release.
Police have recovered Lee’s van abandoned in the village of Eastern Bobongan in the town of Ramon Magsaysay.
No individual or group has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping.