An­other Chi­nese ar­rested for casino-re­lated kid­nap­ping

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AU­THOR­I­TIES ar­rested an­other Chi­nese na­tional who was al­legedly re­spon­si­ble for the kid­nap­ping of his fel­low coun­try­man over a casino gam­bling debt, a police of­fi­cial said on Monday, Au­gust 19.

Philip­pine Na­tional Police (PNP) Anti-kid­nap­ping Group (AKG) spokesper­son Lieu­tenant Colonel Elmer Cereno said Libu Xu was ar­rested on Au­gust 15 in Mi­das Ho­tel in Pasay City, af­ter he was iden­ti­fied by Xiaoguo Bian, 25, as among those who kid­napped him.

Bian’s case brought to 53 the to­tal num­ber of casino-gam­bling-re­lated kid­nap­ping in­ci­dents in the coun­try since 2017. Twelve have been ar­rested, in­clud­ing Xu.

Xu and five other Chi­nese of­fi­cials, who have all been iden­ti­fied, will be charged with kid­nap­ping for ran­som and il­le­gal de­ten­tion.

Bian, who is from Shan­dong in China, said he was held cap­tive by Xu and five other suspects when he failed to pay his debt of P2 mil­lion, in­clud­ing in­ter­est of P500,000.

Bian had gam­bled the money away at the ho­tel casino.

Bian said he was held in a room in Mi­das Ho­tel and trans­ferred to a safe­house in Ala­bang be­fore he was brought to the Pasay City Police Sta­tion on Au­gust 15 and de­tained there.

His kid­nap­pers, all of whom have been iden­ti­fied, al­legedly took his photo while he was in­side the de­ten­tion fa­cil­ity and sent the photo to his father in China to de­mand for ran­som money.

Cereno said Bian’s father re­ported to the AKG and for­warded the photo of his son in jail.

Op­er­a­tives then con­firmed the in­for­ma­tion and pro­ceeded to the Pasay City police office.

Cereno said they will look into the pos­si­ble li­a­bil­ity of the police in­ves­ti­ga­tor at the Pasay police sta­tion for al­low­ing Bian’s de­ten­tion.

“’Yung in­ves­ti­ga­tor ang

sabi niya wala na­man s’yang in­tent na gawin yun (to de­tain the vic­tim) kasi marami nga s’yang in­aasikaso dur­ing that time. Sabi dyan muna kasi nung pag­pa­sok ang alam n’ya ir­ereklamo ta­laga kasi yun ang sabi nung mga Chi­nese na nag-abduct doon sa vic­tim na ir­ereklamo kasi hindi naka­pag­bayad ng utang,” said Cereno.

(The in­ves­ti­ga­tor said he had no in­ten­tion of de­tain­ing the vic­tim be­cause he had other mat­ters to attend to. He said he al­lowed the Chi­nese na­tion­als to put Bian in jail be­cause they said they were go­ing to file charges.)

“So ha­bang may gi­na­gawa ‘yung in­ves­ti­ga­tor ni­la­gay muna. Hindi na­man nakita ng in­ves­ti­ga­tor na ki­n­unan ng mga Chi­nese ha­bang nasa loob sya sa jail,” he added.

(The in­ves­ti­ga­tor did not know that the Chi­nese na­tion­als had taken a photo of Bian.)

Cereno said the Chi­nese na­tion­als sim­ply left the police sta­tion and Bian.

Ear­lier, the AKG said casino-gam­bling re­lated kid­nap­pings in the coun­try are in­creas­ing be­cause of an in­crease in ho­tel and casino es­tab­lish­ments in the coun­try as well as the rise in Philip­pine Off­shore Gam­ing Op­er­a­tions (Pogo) es­tab­lish­ments, mostly op­er­ated and em­ploy­ing Chi­nese na­tion­als.

Cereno said they are con­duct­ing nec­es­sary co­or­di­na­tion with the con­cerned govern­ment agen­cies to ad­dress the matter.

He said they also co­or­di­nated with the Chi­nese Em­bassy in the Philip­pines to en­sure the se­cu­rity of their peo­ple vis­it­ing the coun­try./suns­tar Philip­pines

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