2 foreigners arrested for POGO-related kidnapping of countrymen

Published June 7, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Aaron Recuenco

Anti-kidnapping operatives of the Philippine National Police (PNP) have arrested two foreigners for their alleged involvement in the kidnapping of their three countrymen which was rescued last week in Pampanga.


Brig. Gen. Jonnel Estomo, director of the PNP Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG), said they are now conducting follow-up operation to verify the statement of the three rescued victims that there were other Chinese nationals being kept by the group which ordered their abduction.

Estomo said the operation against the suspects was conducted after they were monitored to be in Pasay City. They were collared on Saturday.

He identified them as Yang Jun and Wu Ze Han.

The two were tagged in the kidnapping of Gang Yang, Yong Long Chen, and Shouwang Wu who were all rescued when AKG operatives swooped down on ther suspects’ hideout in Angeles City in Pampanga.

Maj. Ronaldo Lumactod, AKG spokesman, said the kidnapping was related to POGO (Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator) wherein some employers would hold captive employees who wanted to escape.

Based on the AKG data, a number of Chinese are also victims themselves since they appeared to have been duped by their recruiters.

The recruiters would reportedly promised the Chinese, mostly from mainland China of hefty salary and benefits if they work in POGOs based in the Philippines.

But once they arrive in the country, the promised salary and benefits are way lower than what was promised to them. This would prompt some of them to escape and go back to China.

Lumactod said these incidents is one of the major roots of kidnapping.

“Our Luzon field unit headed by Lt. Col. Villaflor Bannawagan is now initiating investigation and follow-up operation to locate other victims that were allegedly kidnapped by these two arrested suspects,” said Lumactod.

POGO-related and casino-related kidnappings involving mostly Chinese caused a steep rise in kidnapping activities being handled by the AKG since 2017.