Kidnapping of Chinese national foiled in Makati; cops scuttle bribe try

By Jel Santos

Five men, including a Chinese national, were apprehended after they tried to kidnap a Chinese online gaming firm personnel, and bribe patrolling policemen in Makati City early Wednesday morning.

(L-R) John Muega, 24; Reyan Villanueva, 35; Joe Marie Lavilla, 31; Anthony Pareño, 39; Zhaochun “Zhan Hao" Chen, 21 were nabbed by Makati police after they tried to kidnap a Chinese online gaming firm personnel, and bribe patrolling policemen (Photo courtesy of Makati Police / MANILA BULLETIN
(L-R) John Muega, 24; Reyan Villanueva, 35; Joe Marie Lavilla, 31; Anthony Pareño, 39; Zhaochun “Zhan Hao” Chen, 21 were nabbed by Makati police after they tried to kidnap a Chinese online gaming firm personnel, and bribe patrolling policemen (Photo courtesy of Makati Police / MANILA BULLETIN

Major Gideon Ines Jr., Makati Police Investigation Unit chief, identified the suspects as Zhaochun “Zhan Hao” Chen, 21; Mark Anthony Pareño, 39; John Muega, 24; Reyan Villanueva, 35; and Joe Marie Lavilla, 31. All are residents of Olongapo City.

A police report said the victim Ma Zhi Rui, 36, was seen being forcibly dragged by the five suspects into a white car at the corner of Kalayaan Ave. and Burgos St. in Barangay Poblacion, Makati around 2 a.m.

“Patrolling policemen saw a Chinese man being dragged along Kalayaan Avenue. They then interfered, and arrested the men dragging the victim,” Ines said.

“Rui, the victim, was even handcuffed by the suspects,” he added.

Chen, according to responding policemen, even tried to bribe them P100, 000 cash.

“Chen reportedly gave them P100, 000 bribe. But they did not accept it. The 100, 000 of the suspect will be used as evidence against them,” the Investigation Unit chief said.

Ines said that they learned that the victim was working for a Chinese online gaming firm based in Olongapo City.

“These men followed the victim to his house here in Makati. We learned that he’s working for a Chinese online gaming firm based in Olongapo,” he said.

 
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