Forty-five overseas members of a Chinese kidnap-for-ransom group have been arrested whereas their Singaporean sufferer has been rescued by authorities, Justice Undersecretary Erickson Balmes introduced on Wednesday (July 19).
Citing a report from the Bureau of Immigration, he stated the group is believed “responsible in the series of kidnapping incidents perpetrated against foreign nationals who are high roller casino players in recent months.”
Balmes stated a joint operation carried out by the BI’s Fugitive Search Unit (FSU) and the Philippine National Police-Anti Kidnapping Group (PNP-AKG) led to the rescue of their sufferer, Singaporean Wu Yan, on Tuesday (July 18) on the Bayview International Towers in Pasay City the place she has been held.
Authorities additionally arrested throughout the operation 26 foreigners together with their suspected chief, Chinese national Zhang Fuxing, who was additionally amongst those that took her from Solaire Resort and Casino in Pasay City.
While held at Bayview, Balmes indicated the sufferer was “deprived of her right to liberty and was beaten and threatened by her kidnappers who demanded 180,000 USD for her release.”
The official added the AKG carried out a observe-up operation which resulted in the arrest of 19 foreigners suspected additionally as members of the group.