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PNP clarifies alleged KFR case involving 4 Chinese is actually robbery extortion.

By Aaron Recuenco

The police's Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG) clarified on Saturday that the alleged kidnapping incident in Makati City involving four suspected Chinese online gamers was a case of robbery extortion.

AKG director Col. Jonnel Estomo said that his men immediately coordinated with the Makati City police after it was first reported in the media (including the Manila Bulletin) that a certain Lein Kun was kidnapped by his three countrymen in Barangay Olympia in Makati City on Tuesday.

"While investigating this case, we were told by the Makati Police that it was not a case of kidnapping but a robbery extortion case," said Estomo.

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Under the police protocol, all kidnapping cases must be referred to the AKG for action, investigation, data safe-keeping particularly of the suspects and for records purposes.

But in the case of Kun, Estomo said that it was not referred to the AKG since the elements of kidnapping was absent in the case of Kun.

"This was already clarified by the Makati City police in its final report," said Estomo.

Kun was reportedly being asked to cough up P100,000 in exchange for his release. But Kun's friend to whom he asked for money had sought police assistance.

An operation was immediately conducted which resulted in the safe recovery of Kun and the arrest of his three alleged abductors.

They were identified as Sum Yi Cheng, 25; Zhang Di, 29; and, Wei Bao Kun, 31.

But when the case of robbery extortion was about to be filed, on Wednesday, Kun reportedly did not show up and the police found out that he had already gone back to China.

This resulted in the Makati Police releasing the three suspects, according to AKG spokesman Lt..Col. Elmer Cereno.

Cereno said that the filing of the case was deferred until such time that Kun returns and pursue the case. (Aaron Recuenco)

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