Chinese casino player rescued

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    OPERATIVES of the PNP Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG) rescued a Chinese and arrested his three kidnappers at a posh Parañaque City hotel on Saturday morning, police reported yesterday.

    AKG chief Brig. Gen. Jonnel Estomo named the rescued kidnap victim as Li Zihong, 20, and the arrested suspects as Huang Ya Jian, 29; Liang Bin, 33; and Li Wei, 38.

    On February 21, Estomo said Zihong went to Okada Resort and Casino in Parañaque City to play casino games. The suspects allegedly offered to lend him P1 million in casino chips which the victim accepted.

    After losing, Zihong paid P500,000 to the suspects. The suspects then allegedly brought Zihong to the hotel’s VIP room along with his friend Feilong Hu, to discuss the money he still owes.

    Supposedly on the request of Zihong, his friend Hu paid the suspects Chinese RMB 71,428 (P517,138) later that day.

    Estomo said Zihong later booked a room at the hotel for him and his friend because the two were already tired. “The duo went up at the said hotel but the three male Chinese (suspects) went with them,” he said.

    Estomo said an unidentified Chinese, described to be about 50 years in age, then went inside the room and demanded P1 million for his release.

    Out of fear, Zihong transferred RMB 3,000 to the account of one Yu Xi on the instruction of the unidentified Chinese. Still, the suspect was not released by the suspects.

    It was at that time that Zihong asked Hu to report his ordeal to authorities, who reported the kidnapping to hotel officials who contacted the AKG for assistance.

    At around 2:45 a.m. Saturday, AKG operatives swooped down at the hotel room and rescued Zihong and arrested the three suspects.