A Malaysian woman who thought of meeting soulmate she found through a dating app ended up becoming a victim of kidnap-for-ransom in Philippines.
According to Manila Bulletin, Chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Podolfo Azurin said the woman flew from Malaysia to meet a guy named “Jerry” for the first time on Monday (12 September).
“She arrived in Manila on Monday, 12 September, where she was met at the airport by a Chinese man who took her to Carmona, Cavite where she was detained,” he said.
He added that the abductors then forced the victim to send messages to her family in Malaysia to demand RM26,000 (300,000 pesos) in exchange for her release.
However, the abductors did not realise that the woman had secretly sent details about the two suspects, as well as the car they were driving as soon as they picked her up from the airport.
“With these information, operatives of the PNP Anti-Kidnapping Group and Aviation Security Group launched the rescue and freed the victim while two suspects were arrested,” Azurin said.
Fortunately, the Filipino police were able to trace their whereabouts and raided the safehouse of the suspects.
The two suspects, one of whom was a Malaysian man, were then apprehended and brought to the national police headquarters in Quezon City.
As of writing, it is not known if the victim sustained any injuries from the incident.