MANILA - Alleged casino lenders who reportedly kidnapped two South Koreans and one Chinese national were slapped with kidnapping for ransom and serious illegal detention charges before the Department of Justice (DOJ) Wednesday.
Operatives of the Philippine National Police Anti-Kidnapping Group (PNP-AKG) arrested suspects Ernesto Agsulo Marella, Ferdie Adriano Dionisio, Raymond De Guzman Dela Peña aka “Edmond,” Jomar Ramos Dela Peña, and Alexander Dionisio Roxaz after a formal request made by the Consul General of the Republic of Korea on Oct. 16.
Lawyers from the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) represented them at the inquest proceedings.
The complainants were Yeum Sun Ki and Pan Ho Park from South Korea, and Chinese national Xia Liu (Chinese), who allegedly borrowed money from the alleged lenders after losing bets.
Yeum and Pan reportedly borrowed P600,000 each from Marella, while Xia borrowed P1-million from a fellow Chinese identified only as “Black Man.”
Xia claims she was able to pay her debt but was still forcibly taken because her boyfriend, who came to the Philippines to play in casinos with her, still owed 6 million RMB.
They were allegedly taken to a safehouse in Bulacan.
“All victims were deprived of their liberty and kept at Ilang Ilang St., Guiguinto, Bulacan while the kidnappers were negotiating for their ransom in exchange of their liberty," the complaint read.
“Victims positively identified the Mitsubishi Montero colored dark green with plate number TVQ-537 as same vehicle used during the kidnapping,” it said.
Respondents waived their right under Article 125 of the Revised Penal Code, which penalizes public officers from detaining any person within 12 hours for light crimes punishable by light penalties, 18 hours for crimes punishable by correctional penalties, and 36 hours for crimes punishable by capital penalties.
Senior Deputy State Prosecutor Richard Anthony Fadullon, Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Juan Pedro Navera, and Assistant State Prosecutor Susan Azarcon conducted the inquest.
A full-blown preliminary investigation will be conducted by the DOJ,
where respondents will be allowed to submit their counter-affidavits and other defenses.