6 Chinese nationals, Filipino arrested for kidnapping POGO worker

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Philippine National Police Anti-Kidnapping Group operatives arrested six Chinese nationals and a Filipino for the alleged kidnapping of another Chinese national in Parañaque City.

Police conducted a rescue operation on Monday, 11 pm, along Roxas Boulevard, and saved Chinese national Le Chen from alleged kidnappers.

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The arrested suspects were identified as Gao Tong Tong, Tian Yu, Liang Kai, Cheng Yong Qing, Zhang Bo Xu, Wang Xuan, and Edgar Ortiz.

According to the police, the victim’s partner, Mariel Mirabel, filed a complaint that the suspects were demanding for P84,000 ransom in exchange for the victim’s safe release.

Investigations revealed that the victim applied as a POGO worker at SPARC company on July 12. A Chinese national then fetched him for an interview and brought him to Barangay Tambo for employment.

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However, Mirabel said her partner messaged her that he was forced to work on online gambling and that the suspects detained him.

The kidnappers allegedly threatened that they would sell the victim to another company if Mirabel would not give the ransom money.

Authorities seized some cellphones and laptops from the suspects.

Police brought the suspects to the AKG office in Camp Crame for documentation and filing of appropriate charges.

Also read: Police confirm Makati kidnapping victim a POGO worker


Muntinlupa Residential building to undergo ‘extreme quarantine’ due to COVID-19 cases

A residential building in Muntinlupa City will be subjected to a two-week lockdown due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the building.

According to Mayor Jaime Fresnedi, Building 2 of Filinvest Socialized Housing in Barangay Alabang will be placed in an “extreme localized community quarantine.”

The lockdown will begin Tuesday noon until August 11th.

Fresnedi said the situation is alarming because there are now 14 active cases in the building, and it is possible that it will increase because the units in the building are very close.

The occupants of the building are also at high risk, mostly children, senior citizens, and pregnant women. Building 2 has 52 families or about 200 individuals.

During the two-week lockdown, residents will not be able to leave the building. The local government will provide them with food and will also conduct testing.

Meanwhile, the Planas Compound in Barangay Tunasan, Muntinlupa, will be placed on a 24-hour curfew for two weeks.

In total, 1,106 COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Muntinlupa, and 558 of them are active.-

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