The Philippine National Police Anti-Kidnapping Group (PNP-AKG) on Tuesday filed a case of serious illegal detention for ransom against two Chinese nationals who are allegedly members of a loan-shark syndicate victimizing foreign high-roller casino players.
Yang Chang, a Chinese national, was rescued by the PNP-AKG after being kidnapped by alleged members of a loan-shark syndicate at a casino last Sunday.
PNP-AKG Director Senior Superintendent Glenn Dumlao said investigation showed that Yang entered the country as a tourist in July and repeatedly extended his visa every time it expired.
On Saturday, Yang went to Solaire Resort and Casino and played at the mass gaming area and lost frequently.
Yang returned to the casino on Sunday and lost again. A Chinese casino player approached him and volunteered to lend him money.
Yang accepted the casino chips amounting to P500,000, which he needed to pay back in three days, but Yang lost repeatedly.
The two Chinese suspects, Yang Yong Gang and Dai Chensi, along with three other alleged members of the loan-shark syndicate, held the victim in a hotel room at the casino until he was able to pay his debt.
Superintendent Arthur Masungsong, chief of the PNP-AKG Luzon Field Unit, said that unknown to the suspects Yang Chang had already asked for help from the Chinese Embassy, which then contacted the PNP-AKG for assistance.
The PNP-AKG immediately coordinated with Solaire management to conduct a rescue operation.
The suspects were both guarding Yang when they were arrested by authorities.
Also recommended for preliminary investigation are suspects Tu Hu aka Mr Wong, Chen Qiao Sheng, and two other John Does.