By Jel Santos
Two Chinese nationals were apprehended on Monday night (June 15) for allegedly detaining a Chinese woman for 10 days in a condominium unit in Makati City.
Major Gideon Ines Jr., Makati Police Investigation Unit chief, identified the suspects as Meng Zhou, 26, and Yi-Ting Tseng, 29.
Both were renting a condominium unit in Barangay Bel-Air, as was the victim, Ao Yuan, 29.
Based on a police report, police rescued Yuan from the condominium unit rented by the suspects in Bel-Air around 11:30 p.m.
This was after Ines, who is also the assistant chief of police for operations of Makati Police, received information that a Chinese woman was being illegally detained at a condominium unit.
“The victim asked a Chinese man who delivered food to the condo to contact the police, and tell us that she was detained against her will,” he said.
“Help me! Help me!” the woman shouted when she learned that cops were the ones who knocked at the door of the unit where she was detained for days.
Despite this, the Chinese nationals detaining her refused to open the door for policemen.
“We identified ourselves as policemen. They still declined to open the door. The Chinese woman was hysterical inside the room, pleading for help,” he told the Manila Bulletin.
Policemen used a locksmith in order to open the door of the unit, as the Chinese nationals remained adamant to authorities.
“Upon entering, we saw the woman. She was crying, maybe out of joy because we came to rescue her,” the Investigation Unit chief narrated.
In their probe, Ines said they found out that the suspects and the victim are all Philippine offshore gaming operation (POGO) workers.
“Apparently, they are all POGO workers. That explains the many laptops and routers we seized at the condo unit,” he said.
He added that Yuan was detained by her two compatriots because she allegedly embezzled P1.5 million from their company.
“The two Chinese nationals claimed that she transferred P1.5 million to her own account, saying they just want her to return the missing money,” Ines said.
Zhou and Tseng are currently held at the Makati Police Headquarters’ detention cell.