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Abducted Taiwanese national rescued in Manila

2019/07/19 18:08

Photo courtesy of the CIB

Taipei, July 19 (CNA) Philippine police rescued a Taiwanese national late Thursday who had been abducted by two Chinese men in a hotel in Manila, the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) said Friday.

The CIB coordinated with the Philippine authorities after receiving a call from the victim's friend reporting the alleged abduction, according to a CIB report.

Philippine police located the whereabouts of the 22-year-old victim, surnamed Tsai (蔡) and rescued him, the report said, adding that two Chinese nationals were apprehended.

According to an initial investigation, Tsai took gambling chips worth 200,000 pesos (US$4,266) from loan sharks in a casino. After losing all the money, he was handcuffed and taken to a hotel against his will.

According to CIB statistics, 11 Taiwanese nationals were illegally detained in the Philippines in 2018, mostly by Chinese perpetrators, over money-related disputes. Some of the victims were tied up, beaten and videoed to force their families to repay their supposed debts.

(By Emerson Lim)Enditem/J