43 for­eign­ers nabbed in Philip­pines for ab­duct­ing Sin­ga­pore gam­bler

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - International Business -

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 ...’

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