Chinese woman abducted in Makati, police say

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 10) — A Chinese woman was abducted on Monday night in the business district of Makati City, police said.

Makati police chief Col. Rogelio Simon told reporters past midnight on Tuesday that the woman was forced by three unidentified men to ride a gray van with a plate number identified with a different vehicle along Paseo de Roxas corner Nieva Street.

“Kumbaga lumapit siya doon sa van, at nung pumapasok na siya, pinipilit na siyang ipasok, doon na niya gustong lumabas. Doon na siya sumigaw,” Simon said.

[Translation: It’s like she approached the van and when she was being made to board it, she wanted to get out. That’s when she started screaming.]

Based on their initial investigation, Simon said the woman appeared to know her abductors as she also tried to conceal her identity and did not resist until she was in the van.

They are looking into the possibility that the woman’s abduction is related to Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs), which mostly employ Chinese nationals.

He said cases like these usually involve POGO employees stealing data from their employers in the hopes of selling this to other companies. He said POGOs may want to run after their employees to retrieve the stolen data.

Makati police have ruled out that the woman’s abduction is a kidnap-for-ransom case.

They are looking into two Chinese men who were identified in documents, such as passports, IDs, and deed of sale for a vehicle, which were recovered from the scene of the abduction.

A video where a woman in a speeding van is heard crying for help in Tagalog went viral hours before the police confirmed the abduction.

Several Twitter users claiming to be eyewitnesses to the incident took to the social media site to share what they heard and saw.

“A girl was dragged by 2 guys inside a van. I still can’t move... GOD BLESS US ALL. PLEASE DON’T WALK ALONE. TAKE CARE,” said a Twitter user.

However, Simon said eyewitnesses should not have posted the video.

“It will cause alarm kasi sa public ‘pag ganun. Hindi pa nga niya alam ‘yung nangyari, yung buong kwento, ganun na agad ‘yung ginagawa niya … Definitely, let the police investigate muna, i-validate muna. Kasi hindi naman lahat nang nakikita mo eh ganoon na ang kwento,” he said.

[Translation: It will cause alarm with the public if they do that. They still don’t know what happened, the whole story, but they immediately did that … Definitely, let the police investigate first, let us validate it. You don’t know the story of everything that you see.]