MANILA -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) have identified the suspects behind the abduction of a Chinese woman in Makati business district, its spokesman said Sunday.
The PNP is in pursuit of the suspects and has also identified the owner of the van used to kidnap the victim, according to spokesman Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac.
“Ang pag-abduct ng ilang Chinese nationals, 'yan ay agad nating tinugunan at inimbestigahan. Natukoy na natin ang mga suspek,” he told ABS-CBN News.
“Ang pinakahuli, sa Makati, patuloy na tinutugis ng ating pulis ang suspek. Natukoy na ang may-ari ng van na ginamit."
Makati Police earlier identified the woman as Zhou Mei, 28, who was dragged screaming by 2 men into a waiting van past 9 p.m. Monday along Paseo de Roxas corner Perea St. in Legazpi Village.
Banac said the PNP is closely monitoring the movements of known personalities from China involved in criminal operations.
“Malakas ang ating pakikipagugnayan sa embahada ng China at counterpart ng pulis sa China para mapigilan ang ganitong mga insidente,” he said.
Data from the PNP Anti-Kidnapping Group show an increasing number of kidnap-for-ransom cases involving Chinese nationals, albeit far fewer compared to hundreds of incidents in previous decades.
In 2018, 17 Chinese nationals were kidnapped, more than double (112.5 percent) compared to 8 in 2017. In the first half of 2019, 6 Chinese nationals were kidnapped.
The incidents came amid the influx of Chinese tourists and workers in the Philippines as ties between Manila and Beijing continue to improve.
-- With a report from Bianca Dava, ABS-CBN News