Police rescue four Malaysian kidnap victims in Laguna

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POLICE rescued four Malaysian kidnap victims at the weekend and arrested seven of their captors working for an offshore gaming company in San Pedro, Laguna province, according to the police’s Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG).

AKG chief Brigadier General Jonnel Estomo said the victims had been rescued from a safehouse in the village of Chrysanthemum at about 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Mr. Estomo identified the victims as Tan Hang Yi, Kho Soon Chiang, Cheam Chun Keat and Jonathan Ting Zhi Haw. Seven Chinese nationals whom authorities had yet to identify face charges of kidnapping.

The victims were being kept and forced to work at the house that had been converted into an offshore gaming hub, according to AKG spokesman Major Ronaldo Lumactod.

“Our teams were able to locate the safehouse where the kidnap victims were being held,” he said in a report.

Policemen initially took into custody 17 Chinese nationals but released 10 of them after the victims failed to identify them as among their captors.

The suspects were brought to the Anti-Kidnapping Group’s main office at Camp Crame in Quezon City for investigation. — Emmanuel Tupas, Philippine Star