June 19, 2024

The Insider News

Direct from the source

Cops arrest 2 Vietnamese nationals for kidnapping compatriot

By Justine Rich Talusan

AGENTS of the Philippine National Police Anti-Kidnapping Group arrested two Vietnamese nationals accused of kidnapping their female compatriot and demanding a P50 million ransom for her release.

Nabbed were suspects Minh Viet Phan, 29; and Chi Trung Nguyen, 27.

The two are facing charges for kidnap-for-ransom and serious illegal detention in connection with the kidnapping of the victim.

Members of the PNP-AKG headed by Col. Rodolfo D. Castil Jr. arrested the suspects on November 17 and 18 respectively, just a day after they rescued the kidnap victim in Antipolo City.

The victim was last seen at a restaurant in the late hours of October 29.  Later in the evening, the victim’s boyfriend received messages and video of the victim already being beaten by her captors,  who were demanding P50 million for her safe liberty.

 Castil said that during the course of negotiations with the victim’s family, a total of P1 million was transferred in two tranches to a U.S. dollar account given by the suspects.

After receiving the ransom money, the suspects abandoned their captive on Blue Mountain in Sumulong Highway in Antipolo City, where she was rescued around 1:30 p.m. last November 16.

The following day, PNP-AKG operatives, along with other support units, conducted follow-up operations to arrest the suspects.

Phan was arrested in his condominium unit in Pasay City last November 17 while Nguyen was found inside a KTV bar in Parañaque City around 3:30 a.m. of November 18.