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6 Chinese arrested for alleged kidnapping, bribery

Three Chinese nationals were arrested for allegedly trying to bribe National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) agents in exchange for the release of three other Chinese already under custody for kidnapping, the bureau said Friday.

Peter Lim Santos, Wang Liping, and Au Pang Liang fell at an entrapment operation inside NBI offices last June 1, during which Santos allegedly placed a bag containing P570,000 on the table of the NBI Cybercrime Division (CCD) chief.

They now face a complaint for Article 212, or corruption of public officials, under the bribery section of the Revised Penal Code, the bureau said.

The NBI said it planned the operation after Santos said they are willing to pay the CCD to secure the release of Junrong Jia, Xuejian Li, and Quijin Tian, who were arrested last May 31 for allegedly kidnapping three other Chinese nationals in Parañaque City.

Jia, Li, and Tian allegedly detained the victims against their will in a hotel room in Parañaque for 10 days, the NBI said.

Agents seized 1 POS terminal, two skimming devices, various blank cards, several security strips, smartphones, a USB, holographic security stickers, and several identification cards in the hotel room, the NBI said.

The alleged kidnappers now face complaints for kidnapping and violation of the Access Devices Regulation Act before the city prosecutor's office.

The NBI said it allowed the three to talk with their relatives after they were brought to NBI headquarters in Manila for booking procedures.

"They then offered the agents of the NBI-CCD a sum of money in exchange for their freedom," the NBI said.

This prompted the NBI to conduct counter-intelligence and a case buildup to arrest the representatives of the three, the bureau added. —KBK, GMA News

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