Makati police said the confirmed kidnapping incident happened late Monday, before midnight, along Paseo de Roxas corner Nieva Street in Makati City, involved a Chinese woman, relating the abduction to issues of Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs), which mostly employ Chinese nationals.
A video footage of the abduction from the witnesses went viral on Twitter.
Makati police chief Col. Rogelio Simon told reporters past midnight on Tuesday that the woman was forced by three unidentified men to ride in a gray van with a plate number registered to a different vehicle.
As per initial investigation, Simon claimed that the woman knew her abductors as she was first seen “casually boarding” the vehicle, before she struggled to get free and screamed.
“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.
Moreover, Simon said the woman tried to conceal her identity and did not resist until she was inside the van.
Makati police believed that the abduction is linked to POGOS, noting the incident involved Chinese nationals.
Furthermore, Simon said that these cases usually involve POGO employees who steal data from their employers to sell the information to other companies. Therefore, POGOs probably are running after their employees to retrieve the stolen data.
An envelope of documents
From the scene of abduction, Makati police recovered some documents in an envelope that allegedly fell from the vehicle.
They were documents of sale of vehicles between Chinese individuals with photocopies of passports.
Simon said their team planned to trace the names mentioned in the papers.
However, Simon advised that eyewitnesses should not post videos of such incidents to refrain public from being anxious and terrified.
“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.