The Philippine National Police-Anti Kidnapping Group (PNP-AKG) is searching for members of a kidnap-for-ransom syndicate after they abandoned their female Chinese victim in a hospital in Manila on January 11.
Authorities received word about the kidnapping when the friend of Chinese national You Yun Xia approached the police to seek help.
PNP-AKG Director Senior Supt. Glenn Dumlao said the victim was tortured by her captors, which led to her being hospitalized.
“Tumakas kasi yan, one time, na-torture, pinaliguan ng tubig, parang torture at inelectric fan ng magdamag sa Pampanga. Nagkasakit na siya, bumaba na ang sugar niya," he said.
Dumlao said negotiations led the family to prepare the P600,000 ransom money.
“Nagkaroon kami ng negotiation, and then they wanted proof ng video ng pera, so ayon nga, nag-comply kami sa kanya. Nitong Sunday, nagkaroon kami ng pay-off, first attempt sa Pampanga. It was called off, naghintay na naman kami. This Monday, ito na, kahapon, supposedly, sa bandang Pasay na kami kasi doon na namin sila imi-meet,” Dumlao said.
Authorities believe the kidnappers sensed the police were on to them, causing them to abandon You in the hospital.
Dumlao said they showed the suspects’ photos to You so they can be properly identified.
He added that this was another incident of a loan shark syndicate kidnapping heavy gamblers when they are unable to pay their debt.
“Na-BI [background investigation] namin siya, she was a former dealer sa Macau, sa mga casino. Now lumipat siya dito sa Pilipinas. She’s good in doing that. Ang problema nga lang, marami siyang financier na nahihiraman, because that’s the way yung gambling business na ginagawa nila,” he said.
“Nagkautang siya dito sa isang grupo, nung nalaman nung isang grupo na may utang pa siya sa iba, unahan na sa paniningil, unahan sa pagkuha, yun ang theory namin doon."
The PNP-AKG has handled numerous cases of heavy gamblers victimized by loan shark syndicates when they are unable to pay their debt.
“As long as there are financiers, as long as there are casinos, marami yan financiers, at maraming nabubuhay na yan na ang occupation nila. Lalo na yung mga Chinese na pumupunta rito. So, we estimate nasa 1,200 ang mga runners nila in all casinos diyan,” Dumlao said.