PNP: Kidnapping cases in 2019 surge due to POGOs, casino

The Philippine National Police-Anti Kidnapping Group (PNP-AKG) said kidnapping cases in the country have been on the rise due to the presence of Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) and casinos.

Lt. Col. Jowel Saliba, PNP-AKG spokesperson, told GMA News 75 kidnapping cases were reported this year, 42 of which involved Chinese nationals linked to POGOs.

According to Saliba, 27 cases were already resolved which led to the arrest of 88 suspects.

POGO kidnapping usually involves Chinese employees who had ran away due to lack of proper compensation and benefits from employers. They were abducted and forced to go back to work, according to the police.

Meanwhile, Chinese tourists fell victim to loan sharks through casinos. They were kidnapped soon as they fail to pay to their debts, officials said.

Last Monday, a viral video of a Chinese POGO worker being abducted in Makati City circulated online.

Authorities said it was not considered a kidnap-for-ransom case since the kidnappers haven’t asked for money yet.

The Makati police are investigating the incident.

Staff Report

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