Manila, Philippines – Police arrest 45 “kidnap for ransom” suspects who preyed on gamblers


Posted on the 26th of July 2017

Manila, Philippines – Police arrest 45 “kidnap for ransom” suspects who preyed on gamblers

Wu Yan, a 48 year old woman from Singapore was enjoying a game of Baccarat at Solaire Resorts and Casino in Pasay City when she was approached by two men who befriended her. When the two men invited her to go with them to a another casino, the woman agreed. Once she entered the car with them, the two men kidnapped her and took her to a rented property in Paranaque City. She was threatened, beaten and forced to make a video to beg her family to send $180,000 for her release.

On Tuesday the 19th of July at approximately 8.00pm, agents from the Bureau of Immigration (BI) and the Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG) swooped down on the rented property in Pasay and freed Yan.

Authorities also later arrested 45 suspects (43 Chinese) and (2 Malaysians) who are accused of being part of a “kidnap for ransom” gang that preyed on foreign high rollers in Manila’s ritzy casinos.

“I want to make it clear that we are not anti-gambling. We are not against foreigners coming to the Philippines to gamble. But we are anti-criminals. We are especially against foreigners who will come here to commit crime. We do not tolerate that,” said Philippines National Police (PNP) director general Ronald de la Rosa.

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