MANILA - A Malaysian was rescued from 3 Chinese nationals who allegedly kidnapped him in Parañaque City after he was unable to pay off his casino debt.
The victim, Raymond Lim, was found in a room last Wednesday with the Chinese nationals by the Philippine National Police (PNP) Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG) and casino hotel security in the rescue operation.
The AKG said the casino management received an e-mail from the victim asking for help.
“SOS I am Malaysian. I was house arrest by China people...can you help me please, they say no give money don't let me go," Lim's e-mail reads.
P/Col Elmer Cereno, AKG spokesperson, said the suspects did not get Lim's cellphone so the victim was able to ask for help.
"Yung operations manager, i-kinoordinate na niya kaagad sa Anti- Kidnapping Group na may na-detain na sa hotel nila,” Cereno said.
Lim, who was a Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) employee, reportedly went to the casino with a friend to gamble last Monday. After losing much money, the Chinese suspects allegedly offered to lend him P500,000 worth of casino chips in exchange for 20 percent of his winnings.
The victim also lost that money and this led to his alleged kidnapping. The suspects reportedly told him to contact his family in Malaysia to pay his ransom.
Lim, however, searched for the hotel's e-mail address, and this led to him being rescued.
The Chinese nationals will be charged with Kidnapping for Ransom with Serious Illegal Detention.
A total of 56 kidnapping cases involving Chinese nationals have been recorded in the country between 2017 and 2019, AKG data show.
These include cases perpetrated by Chinese loan shark gangs who entice their victims to visit the Philippines to gamble in casinos through junkets, offering free board, lodging, and even gambling money.