PNP: Kidnapped Filipino-Chinese businessman murdered; 4 foreign nationals arrested

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 27) — Police have arrested three Chinese nationals and a Vietnamese suspected to have kidnapped and killed a Filipino-Chinese businessman after receiving ransom money from his family.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) said its Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG) arrested the suspects on March 23, five days after the victim was abducted on March 18 in Quezon City, and a day after his body was disposed of in Tanza, Cavite.

It identified the Chinese suspects as Bei Huimin, Jielong Shen and Sun XiaoHui, and the Vietnamese national as Hong Puc Le.

The PNP said it immediately launched an investigation after the victim’s family reported the kidnap for ransom. However, while the probe was ongoing, the suspects killed the businessman and threw away his body in the morning of March 22.

Police sought the assistance of the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission and the Cybercrime Investigation and Coordinating Center to identify and locate the alleged perpetrators.

Authorities said they first arrested the Chinese nationals after the three withdrew the ransom money inside a bank in Parañaque City.

Police said hours later, in Taguig City, they also caught the Vietnamese suspect whose bank account was used to receive the ₱560,000 payment for the victim’s release.

“The arrest of these individuals is an important step forward in our efforts to dismantle their group and protect our communities. Rest assured that justice will spring out and we will get to the bottom of this,” PNP-AKG Director Brigadier General Rodolfo Castil Jr. said in a statement.

The AKG added that the suspects were brought to its headquarters for proper disposition.