Korean businessman kidnapped in Angeles City, rescued

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) Anti-Kidnapping Group rescued on Saturday, November 25, a Korean national who was kidnapped by fellow Koreans allegedly in cahoots with immigration and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) agents.

Lee Jung Dae, who owns a restaurant in Angeles City, Pampanga, was rescued from a vehicle parked within the Bureau of Immigration (BI) compound in Intramuros, Manila at around 2 a.m. on November 25.

Arrested during the operation were twin brothers Cha Jae Young and Cha Jae Sun as well as Raymond Flores, a Filipino who was then guarding businessman Lee Jung Dae.

Another suspect identified as Kim Min Kwan, also known as Michael Lim, was arrested during a follow-up operation near his condominium unit in Padre Faura in Manila.

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa said he alerted his men from the Ant-Kidnapping Group after Lee's kidnapping, which he learned Friday from his counterparts during a meeting held in Korea.

The group had also kidnapped Lee’s three employees namely Kim Dae Hyun, Jung Ju Wan and Kim Woo Min.

Initial investigation revealed that the Cha brothers served as the accomplice of Kim in the surveillance of the target.

Kim allegedly has a contact from the BI, who released a fake mission order against the target.

The group initially asked for P1.2 million and Lee’s girlfriend made the payment at a mall in Angeles City.

However, the suspects refused to release Lee and asked for an additional P1.2 million.

During investigation, Kim identified his BI contact as Carlos Garcia, also known as Oxo, whom he met at a casino in Angeles.

He said there were two more BI agents and three alleged NBI agents directly involved in their operation.

Dela Rosa said the AKG is now verifying the information provided by Kim and conducting a follow-up operation for their possible arrest.

He said no police officer was involved in the incident. (SunStar Philippines)
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