Authorities have rescued three foreign nationals who were abducted in Pasay City this week, the Philippine National Police’s Anti-Kidnapping Group said Saturday.
The victims were two Chinese women aged 31 and 26 and a Vietnamese female aged 31.
They were rescued on Friday from a safe house at a village in Bacoor City, Cavite, which the police said had also been used in past kidnapping incidents. Authorities raided the house following a surveillance operation where a Chinese national was seen dragging one of the victims.
A total of six Chinese suspects were arrested. They were identified as Zhong Shuo Cheng, Wang Su Long, Du A Long, Zhu Lin Feng, Zou Jun, and Yang Bo Kuan, whose ages ranged from 21 to 32 years old.
The victims later told the police that they were abducted from a shabu-shabu restaurant in Pasay City. From there, they were brought to the house in Cavite where they were raped and injured.
They added that the suspects demanded ransom money ranging from ₱700,000 to ₱1.4 million, but refused to let them go despite getting cash.
Police said the suspects are facing criminal charges for kidnapping and serious illegal detention, as well as rape.
Kidnapping cases involving Chinese nationals have risen in the last three years, according to police. Data show incidents doubled from 2017 to November 2019. In 2019 alone, at least 58 Chinese nationals were abducted.
Police traced most of these crimes to casinos and Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator activities, in which Chinese nationals have taken part.
Authorities have yet to rescue a Chinese woman who was abducted by three Chinese nationals in Makati City on Sunday.