43 foreigners nabbed in Philippines for abducting Singapore gambler
PHILIPPINE police arrested 41 Chinese and two Malaysians for kidnapping a Singaporean woman in Manila and attempting to extort US$180,000 (K245 million) from her, officials said on Thursday.
Senior Superintendent Glenn Dumlao, acting director of the Philippine National Police Anti-kidnapping Group, said the foreigners apprehended Tuesday are part of a loan sharking syndicate that preys on foreigners gambling at casinos around the Philippine capital.
In a statement, police said the victim, Wu Yan, 48, a tourist from Singapore, was playing Baccarat at the Solaire Resorts and Casino in the Manila suburb of Pasay City on Monday when two Malaysians befriended her, and later invited her to play at the City of Dreams, another casino complex in that suburb.
The victim, however, was brought instead to a condominium in the neighboring suburb of Paranaque and detained there. Police said the suspects demanded $180,000 in exchange for her release, which the victim conveyed to a friend in Singapore.
‘We are not antiforeigners coming into the Philippines to gamble. But we are anti-criminality perpetrated by foreigners here ...’