Police verifying reports of ‘abducted’ Chinese woman being safely home

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Police verifying reports of ‘abducted’ Chinese woman being safely home
Zhou Mei has already returned home, said police on Monday, quoting the woman’s husband, but police still wanted to verify the report.

The Chinese woman who was abducted along Paseo de Roxas Avenue in Makati City late Monday, December 9, has already returned home, said police on Monday, quoting the woman’s husband. However, police wanted to verify the report, as the update was just relayed through text. 

According to the text message from Chen Tangbin, the husband, Zhou Mei came home yesterday morning, December 15. 

“Nakauwi na po yung babae. Nakauwi na po sa kanilang bahay. Sa ngayon po, sabi ng asawa niya po nagtext sa akin nakauwi na raw sya kahapon ng umaga,” Maj. Gideon Ines Jr. said in an interview over DZMM. 

Ines, however, said he has yet to confirm whether the husband’s claim is true.

“Di ko pa po nacoconfirm yun no kung talagang nakauwi  na hanggat hindi ko pa nakikita yung babae. Yung asawa niya po ang nakapagtext sa akin at yung mga security guard doon sa condo na ni-logbook na nila na nakauwi na yung asawa,” he said. 

Ines did not give any other details about the alleged return of the victim, although he said the couple will report to the Makati police today. 

Husband’s inconsistent details 

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Persons of interest—Zhu Jianwe (left) and Chen Tangbin (right) | Image Source: remate.ph

Police earlier considered Chen and his friend Zhu Jianwe as persons of interest in the abduction, after their names appeared in the documents that were recovered at the crime scene. 

Chen was questioned regarding the abduction of his wife, but gave police inconsistent statements of his whereabouts during the incident. 

Meanwhile, investigators have located Zhou’s abductors’ condominium in Pasay, where they had recovered expired passports, IDs, and a pair of handcuffs, according to Ines.

Immigration records stated that one of 4 suspects have already left the country. 

On the other hand, the incident is being linked to Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator (POGO) operations, as the victim is a POGO employee. 

The number of Chinese tourists and workers in the Philippines has been increasing since President Rodrigo Duterte has set warming relations with Beijing since he came to power in mid-2016. 

Their arrival has had positive and negative impacts in the country, while authorities are suspecting many of the Chinese nationals are working illegally in the online gambling industry. 

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