AGENTS of the Philippine National Police (PNP) have stepped up their investigation into the case of six Chinese nationals who were abducted by armed men inside the posh Ayala Alabang Village in Muntinlupa City last October 30, four of them already confirmed to have been found dead.
The victims, three of them males and three females, along with their three Filipino companions were snatched inside the supposed to be heavily secured Ayala Alabang subdivision around 4 a.m. last October 30 by a group of men, some of them believed to be Chinese nationals too.
The three Filipinos were released unharmed by the kidnappers around 3:30 p.m. of the same day.
Last All Saints’ Day, the bodies of two unidentified Chinese-looking women were found in Tanay, Rizal. Five days later, the bodies of two unidentified male Chinese were recovered in Infanta, Quezon.
The four were identified by the three freed Filipinos as among the six Chinese nationals abducted through the clothes they were wearing at the time of the kidnapping.
Last November 22, a DNA examination showed that the DNA samples taken from the two murdered victims in Infanta, Quezon matched with the sample of their mother.
The DNA exam on the two female victims is yet to be released.
Last November 25, the PNP Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG) headed by Brigadier General Cosme A. Abrenica conducted a comprehensive inventory of the personal belongings and other items recovered from the victims and turned them over to their families.
The PNP-AKG is also still searching for the two other missing victims as of press time, said its spokesperson, Major Roman Salazar.
Part of the ongoing investigation is the possibility that it could be a Philippine offshore gaming operation or POGO-related or casino-related kidnapping case.
Many past POGO-related kidnapping-for-ransom cases involved Chinese nationals who were seized by their armed compatriots and tortured in front of cameras to force the victims’ relatives abroad to pay huge ransom money demanded by the kidnappers through WeChat.
A number of Chinese nationals have been arrested by PNP-AKG and other PNP units and law enforcement agencies for involvement in the same modus operandi.