By Jel Santos
After the abduction video of a Chinese woman went viral on social media, Mayor Abigail “Abby” Binay on Tuesday ordered the Makati Police to deploy more cops for a greater police visibility in the city.
On Monday night, Zhou Mei, 28, a POGO employee, was forcibly taken by three still unidentified Chinese men aboard a gray Kia Carnival along Paseo de Roxas in Barangay San Lorenzo, Makati around 9 p.m., Monday.
Her live-in partner, Chen Tangbin, also a POGO employee, reportedly left their condo in Makati early Tuesday morning as there were people asking him to pay money in exchange for the liberty of Mei.
“I have ordered greater police visibility to ensure the safety and protection of all Makatizens, including foreign nationals who work and conduct business in the city,” Binay said in a statement.
The mayor called on residents to utilize of the “Makatizen app” to report crimes and other urgent concerns to the proper authorities.
“[S]o as to ensure immediate police or emergency response. Contacting our authorities should be our first course of action,” she said.
Binay said she already directed Makati police chief Colonel Rogelio Simon monitor the follow-up operations and give updates.
“All leads are being pursued to immediately identify the suspects, locate their whereabouts and apprehend them, and safely rescue the victim,” the mayor said.
“While this is an isolated incident, we appeal to all Makati residents to take an active part in keeping our homes, streets, and communities safe for us and our children,” she added.