Philippines police rescue Taiwanese held hostage in Makati

Makati, Philippines, Philippines police on Tuesday freed a Taiwanese woman who was being held against her will at an online gambling business place run by Chinese nationals in Makati City.

A police unit broke down the door of the building at 3 a.m. and found the woman and 12 Chinese nationals, including her supervisor, in the office, police said.

The 31-year-old woman, identified only by the surname Tseng (?), was released, while the 12 Chinese nationals were arrested and the supervisor and some others were charged with kidnapping, police said.

The operation was carried out after Makati police were informed by a Philippines-based liaison officer of Taiwan's Criminal Investigation Bureau that the woman was being held against her will by her company bosses.

The information had been conveyed by Taiwan's representative office in Manila, which said it had received an emergency call Monday from Tseng asking for help.

According to police, Tseng was held hostage by her supervisor after she was accused of embezzling 70,000 Chinese yen (US$10,909) from the company, which runs an online gambling business.

Tseng said that the embezzlement allegation was nothing but a "misunderstanding," according to Makati police.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel