Underlying risk of kidnapping for ransom in Manila

Several suspects believed to be involved in a series of kidnappings targeting wealthy foreigners. Police launched a raid to rescue a Singaporean tourist who had been abducted the day before.

The victim was reportedly befriended by three individuals while playing at the Solaire Resorts and Casino in Pasay City, Metro Manila, who then invited her to a different casino nearby. They then allegedly took her to the Bayview International Towers in Paranaque City, where she was reportedly beaten by her captors and forced to make a video for her family demanding USD 180,000 for her release.

Those arrested in the security operation are believed to be a part of a kidnapping syndicate that typically operated in teams of four and primarily targeted foreigners at casinos. At least one more suspect remains at large and security operations are ongoing.

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