THREE Chinese nationals said to have been kidnapped, tortured and detained by their own compatriots were rescued by the Manila Police District (MPD) on May 19. Eight suspects were arrested.
MPD Director BGen. Leo Francisco identified the three victims as Huang Weijie, 31, native of Guangdong China and temporarily billeted at Unit 10B Eton Green Belt, Parkview, Makati City; Wang Quingjun, 36, of Legaspi Village in Makati City; and Nan Zonglie, 31, businessman, of Jazz Residence also in Makati.
Arrested and subsequently charged with kidnapping and serious illegal detention were Janan Matthew delos Santos, 21, helper, of Pearl St., Saint Mary Almanza, Las Pinas City; Gennis Abale, 35, driver, of Upper Bicutan, Taguig; Esmeraldo Mahilum, 58, taxi driver, of Almanza Uno, Las Pinas City; Ariel Angeles, 37, driver/bodyguard, of 206 Challenger St., South Side, Makati City; Reginaldo Borillo, 51, of Caloocan City; Philip Ryan, 29, of Angeles City; Adonis Ceorio, 53, of Makati City; Yolito Aorza, 53, of Angeles City; and Marsshan Jay Yabut, 22, of Las Pinas City.
Francisco said that the operation was conducted by operatives from the MPD-Station 5 under Lt. Col. Evangeline Cayaban at around 11:15 p.m. of May 18.
Capt. Ferdinand Sarmiento, Remedios-PCP Commander, reported that the police was alerted by a witness who saw Huang on the street holding a headboard with his hands handcuffed to it. He later told the police that his companion was also handcuffed inside a third floor unit of the Westgrove Place located at 1868 LM Guerrero St. in Malate, Manila.
Francisco said operatives conducted a hot-pursuit operation and found Wang inside. His arms and ankles were also handcuffed to a bed.
While an investigation is ongoing, security guard Rene Manio informed the police that a Ford Escape SUV with plate ZTK- 580 tried to enter the premises but hesitated upon seeing the police car. Police later intercepted the car along Remedios Street.
During follow-up, police later found Nan and another vehicle hidden in Parañaque City that led to another hot pursuit operation, resulting in the apprehension of Angeles and Mahilum.
All victims showed wounds as a result of torture and said those behind are also Chinese nationals, who are now being tracked down by the police.
The suspects were nabbed in the said related operations where police were able to recover evidence that included several firearms and live bullets, apart from vehicles and assorted cellular phones.