Kidnap Watch

Cops save Chinese kidnapped by compatriots over unpaid debt

Chinese kidnap victim Li Bo, 29, was rescued by police June 22 from his abductors.
Police also arrested the victim’s alleged abductors: Yalong Ding, Mingmeng Zhang, Leilei Fang, and Quishun Li.
Li, a tourist, allegedly was kidnapped after failure to repay a gambling debt of P200,000 with a five-percent interest per day.
He was forced into a cab by his abductors on June 20 after midnight while waiting for a ride in the lobby of a resort and casino complex in Parañaque City, according to a report by the Philippine National Police-Anti-Kidnapping Group.
He was taken to a condominium, also in Parañaque, where he was allegedly beaten by his captors.
He managed to tell a friend through a messaging app where he was. The friend reported the incident to the police.
Meanwhile, police are investigating the abduction of a Cyprus-based Chinese businessman in Manila.
The victim, who lives in Limassol, a city in Cyprus, a Mediterranean island country, was released after his wife paid a ransom of around €600,000 (P35 million).
Reports said the victim was on a business trip to the Philippines. After he arrived, someone went to his home in Limassol and told his wife her husband had been abducted.
The victim was freed after the final ransom was paid.
His lawyer reported the case to the police. This case was monitored by the Movement for Restoration of Peace and Order and the Philippine National Police-Anti-Kidnapping Group.

Abus Sayyaf group captures 10 off Borneo

Heavily armed assailants – believed to be Abu Sayyaf gang members – snatched a group of nomadic sea gypsies in the early hours on June 18 as they sailed in two boats off Borneo island and took them to Mindanao.
The 10 fishermen were kidnapped in eastern Sabah state, in the Malaysian part of Borneo. Six others escaped, according to Malaysian media.
Kidnapping is rife in the waters between the southern Philippines and the Malaysian part of Borneo in recent years.
Borneo is shared between Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei.
Several Southeast Asian nations began naval patrols in the area in 2017 in a bid to deter kidnappers.