Kidnapped Taiwanese rescued; two Chinese suspects arrested

Published January 1, 2021, 6:18 PM

by Chito Chavez

Two Chinese nationals were arrested on New Year’s Eve for allegedly abducting and holding a Taiwanese hostage in Imus, Cavite and demanding P9-million ransom in exchange for his release, officials said Friday.

Lu Cheng and Xie Long Hui were arrested after the Philippine National Police-Anti-Kidnapping Group (PNP-AKG) rescued Chen Yen Shau, the Taiwanese victim, in Imus.

The PNP-AKG said it conducted the rescue operation after receiving a complaint from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO), the GMA News reported.

Based on the TECO report, Chen was kidnapped at about 1 p.m. on December 29, 2020 in Parañaque City by a group of Chinese suspects.

The victim was able to contact his mother through Facebook informing her that he had been detained and beaten up badly by his abductors.

Chen revealed he owed his boss an undisclosed amount, while also disclosing that ransom money was demanded by his captors in exchange for his immediate release.

Following the TECO report, the PNP-AKG mapped out a rescue operation.

The PNP-AKG Luzon Field Unit (LFU) first went to Pearl Marina Tower on Pacific Avenue in Parañaque City but failed to find the victim.

They then proceeded to Imus where they found the victim heavily guarded by Lu and Xie.

The victim positively identified one of the suspects as his abductors, who was also allegedly responsible for the bruises he sustained.

The policemen safely rescued the Taiwanese and subsequently arrested the suspects, who are now detained at the PNP-AKG detention cell while awaiting the filing of appropriate charges.