On Tuesday the Philippines’ Bureau of Immigration (BI) and the Philippine National Police arrested 45 foreign nationals suspected of being part of a kidnap gang targeting tourists at Manila casinos. The most recent victim is Singaporean Wu Yan, who was abducted from Solaire Resort and Casino in Pasay City and held for several days before her rescue. Her kidnappers beat her and demanded US$180,000 (S$246,000) in ransom.

From Channel News Asia

A 48-year-old Singaporean woman who was kidnapped at the lobby of a casino in Manila was rescued by Philippine authorities on Tuesday (Jul 18).

Ms Wu Yan was kidnapped at the Solaire casino on Monday, and taken to a nearby hotel where she was beaten and threatened by her captors who demanded US$180,000 for her release, the Philippine Bureau of Immigration said.

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From Coconuts

Singaporean woman rescued after being kidnapped at a casino in Manila; 45 suspects arrested

The suspects had called her family members while beating her to force them to pay for her freedom, reported Channel NewsAsia.

After she was held captive for almost four days, rescue came in the form of security guards, who spotted her feet dangling from the balcony of a condominium unit, according to news reports in Manila. She had attempted to escape by shouting and opening the veranda door of the Bayview International Towers apartment, but she was yanked back in by her abductors.

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From the Straits Times

Syndicate that kidnapped Singaporean woman preyed on casino patrons; 2 syndicates known to be operating: Philippine police

At least two loanshark syndicates have been preying on tourists playing in casinos in the Philippines since 2015, with police already tallying 11 victims of kidnapping, including a Singaporean rescued on Tuesday (July 18).

“These two groups are composed mostly of Chinese and Singaporean nationals of Chinese descent.  They always target Chinese and Singaporean (gamblers),” Director-General Ronald de la Rosa, national police chief, told reporters on Thursday (July 20). 

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From the Inquirer

45 foreigners questioned on abduction of casino high-rollers

“[They are] believed to be responsible for the series of kidnappings perpetrated against foreign nationals who are high-roller casino players in recent months,” Aguirre said in a statement.

“All the 45 foreign nationals were brought to the PNP-AKG headquarters in Camp Crame. [They] are still undergoing investigation and inquest,” he said.

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