MANILA - Police have rescued a Chinese national who was allegedly kidnapped by fellow Chinese who are believed to be members of a loan shark syndicate in Parañaque.
The victim was identified as Zhu Yan Qing. Zhu cried when he saw the video sent to his family when the kidnappers demanded ransom from them.
Speaking through an interpreter, Zhu said the kidnappers asked for P5 million in exchange for his freedom.
“Noong pinapalo siya, noong ginugulpi siya, na kinakausap ng asawa niya, nakikita ng anak niya sa tabi ng asawa niya,” Zhu’s interpreter relayed.
“Every time na maningil, binubugbog siya, pinapalo siya para makita ng asawa niya, para magpadala, maghulog ng pera doon sa account na sinasabi nila,” he added.
Zhu was rescued by the PNP Anti Kidnapping Group operatives on Wednesday morning in a hotel in Parañaque from the hands of six Chinese nationals, who were subsequently arrested.
According to PNP-AKG Director Chief Supt. Glenn Dumlao, the victim’s friend Hao Cao played first in the casino.
The loan shark allegedly loaned Hao P5 million for betting but when he lost the money, he fronted his friend Zhu as collateral.
“Ang problema, nagkaroon na ng twist, ang gusto ng mga kumuha sa kanila, ay tig-5 million each na ang utang samantalang wala namang alam itong victim natin,” Dumlao said.
The PNP-AKG said loan shark syndicates take advantage of Chinese who are heavy gamblers.
They check who is losing and lend them money. But when they are unable to pay, they are kidnapped and ransom payment is demanded from the family in China.
“Business angle sa kabila, sa kabila bisyo, hindi makontrol ang gambling habit nila,” Dumlao explained.
“Reklamo naman nila, ayaw magbayad nitong mga may utang kaya they have to do it forcefully. Sa batas natin iligal pa rin yon,” Dumlao added.
The PNP-AKG said it is working closely with the Chinese government to punish loan shark syndicate members.
“Yung mga Chinese investigators, Criminal Investigation ng China nagpunta sa akin last 2 days, ito ang concern nila. They are willing to help these people, kung hindi magprosper ang mga kaso dito kung may way na ipapa-deport sila doon, at mag-file ng kaso sa kanila, Chinese din ang mga biktima nila. Kausap ko ang Bureau of Immigration, mga unwanted alien, mapapadali ang deportation,” Dumlao said.
The PNP-AKG is also coordinating with hotels to prevent heavy gamblers from falling prey to loan shark syndicates.
“Nagpapasalamat kami sa security officers ng buong Entertainment City. Nagkaroon na kami ng mutual understanding, full support sila sa investigation, intelligence and sa operations,” Dumlao said.
Dumalo also said money lenders can make their business official by registering as in-house financing firms in casinos.
The PNP-AKG is preparing the cases to be filed against the suspects.