Chinese ‘kidnapped’ in Makati is wife of one of the ‘kidnappers’

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    MAKATI police operatives yesterday said the Chinese woman allegedly abducted at the Makati City central business district last Monday night is a Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) employee and the wife of one of the Chinese men allegedly behind the kidnapping.

    A video that has gone viral on social media showed a woman screaming while being dragged inside a van that immediately left the area with her. The incident happened on Paseo De Roxas corner Nieva St. at about 9:06 p.m.

    Makati police chief Col. Rogelio Simon identified the alleged victim as 28-year-old Zhou Mei, a POGO employee.

    According to witnesses, the woman boarded the van with two unidentified men. Minutes later, she tried to alight from the vehicle and started shouting while the van immediately left the area.

    Based on initial reports, the suspects were three unidentified Chinese-looking men while their vehicle was a gray Kia Carnival van with plate number LSA 880. The plate number was later found registered with another vehicle, an L300 Mitsubishi van that belongs to a certain Feng Cao. The plate number had no recorded apprehension or alarm from the Land Transportation Office.

    Police who conducted an inspection at the scene recovered documents, among them a deed of sale of a vehicle and a photocopies of identifications cards, including passports of a certain Jianwei and Chen Tangbin. Makati police said the recovered documents belonged to the victim and possibly one of the Chinese identified in the deed of sale.

    Maj. Gideon Ines, head of the Station Investigation and Detective Management Branch, said a follow-up operation at Eton Residences in Legaspi Village in Makati City where Chen Tangbin resides established that the victim is his wife.

    Police also conducted a follow-up operation at Richview Residences in Pasay City where Jianwei supposedly resides but it turned out the address in the driver’s license of Jianwei does not exist and the ID itself is fake.

    Makati Mayor Abby Binay has ordered police to heighten visibility in the city to prevent a repeat of the incident.