The Philippines anti-gambling group (AKG) has foiled a gambling debt kidnapping trap and arrested four Chinese nationals in Parañaque City.
AKG spokesman, Lt. Col. Elmer Cereno confirmed Tuesday that they have identified the suspects as Zhao Liang, 31; Liu Tao, 34; Li Lin, 28; and, Jin Ning, 29. The four came as tourists from mainland China and tried to detain Mr. Li Xin, a worker in Makati City-based Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator (POGO).
According to the Philippines national news agency, the incident started when the victim played in a casino in Parañaque City on Saturday evening. When the victim lost, a member of a casino loan shark group approached him and offered a PHP200,000 loan for 20 percent interest, which the victim agreed to take.
But while the victim was already on a losing streak in playing baccarat, one of the suspects approached him and demanded that they go out of the casino.
“The victim made a scene inside the casino out of fear while already being forced out of the casino by the suspects. This caught the attention of the security personnel who all took them to the security office,” Cereno said.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) has been serious about the growing number of casino-related kidnappings in the country. Recently, its Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG) announced to set up satellite offices to combat the growing menace of loan sharks in the country’s casino gambling industry.