Kidnap Watch

3 Chinese arrested for Malaysian kidnap

Kidnap suspectsDai Chensi (left) and Yang Yong Gang.

Police rescued a Malaysian from three alleged Chinese kidnappers during a operation in Barangay Makiling on Sept. 30.
Jackie Ong, 36, a communications company finance officer, was allegedly seized in front of the Forbes Tower Condominium Corp. on Valero Street, Makati by three suspects: Su Sheng Fu, 27; Yu Guang Dong, 33, and Chen Wen, 22, all of Makati City.
The Calamba police was alerted by Barangay Puting Lupa chief Allan Pedraja that a Toyota Innova with suspicious-looking men on board was roaming their village.
Responding police officers pulled over the Innova in Barangay Makiling and saw Ong in handcuffs, prompting them to arrest the suspects, city police chief Superintendent Sancho Celedio said.
The team recovered from the Innova, a bag allegedly containing a gun, ammunition, several phones, a pocket wi-fi, identification cards, and peso and dollar bills.
The group of Chinese kidnappers has been operating in Makati for quite some time, victimizing mostly gambling den clients.

Jolo town councilor kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf

Government forces are in pursuit of Abu Sayyaf members who kidnapped a town councilor of Jolo in the town of Indanan, Sulu on Sept. 27.
Brig. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, commander of Joint Task Force Sulu, identified the Abu Sayyaf’s latest captive as Zed Tan, Jolo councilor and nephew of former Sulu Gov. Sakur Tan.
Police said Councilor Tan was in his service vehicle when he was waylaid and seized at gunpoint and forcibly taken by an undetermined number of Abu Sayyaf members at the boundary of barangays Timbangan and Tagbak in Indanan town who escaped toward Talipao town.
Tan’s abduction raises the number of Abu Sayyaf captives in Sulu to 17 — including six Vietnamese, five Indonesians, a Dutch national, and five Filipinos. The Abu Sayyaf is believed to be keeping them in the jungles of Sulu.
Sobejana said rescue operations continue for all the hostages.

2 Chinese charged for countryman’s kidnap

Two Chinese face charges for allegedly kidnapping a fellow Chinese over the victim’s gambling debts.
Yang Yong Gang, 33, and Dai Chensi, 28, were charged with serious illegal detention by the Anti-Kidnapping Group .
But the victim, Yang Chang, submitted an affidavit of desistance, and made an urgent request for the dismissal of the case, AKG spokesman Superintendent Abelardo Borromeo said.
Yang, who arrived in the country last July 21 as a tourist, had repeatedly extended his visa.
Yang kept losing while he gambled at the Solaire Resorts and Casino Hotel’s mass gaming area over the weekend, according to the complaint filed by AKG Luzon Field Office head Superintendent Arthur Masungsong.
Yang was approached by a casino player who introduced himself as Tu Hu, and offered P500,000 worth of casino chips but was told to pay his debt within three days.
When Yang again lost and was unable to pay, the suspects booked him a room in the hotel, then transferred him to another room until the AKG rescued him. He said the suspects took his Cartier wristwatch worth P300,000.
Yang was able to secretly send an email message to the Chinese embassy and the embassy notified the AKG.
The AKG coordinated with Solaire’s management for Yang’s rescue and apprehended the suspects guarding Yang.
Kidnapping cases like these are on the rise. The Philippine National Police’s Anti-Kidnapping Group warned kidnap victims that unless they report or file cases, the incident will escalate because it means large money and no one is punished.

Unreported: The three kidnap victims, all Chinese nationals, taken from CCP grounds in Pasay City were freed after 179 days in captivity.
The family of the primary victim paid a huge amount of ransom.