(Photo courtesy of NCRPO)

MANILA – Five Chinese nationals and a Filipino were arrested for attempting to kidnap their compatriot in Parañaque City on Thursday.

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar identified the suspects as Li Yang, Zhou Hao, Liu Jie Yong, Zhang Jia Hao, Qui You Bo, all Chinese nationals; and their Filipino driver Nelson Malavega.

Citing a report from the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), Eleazar said the victim, a 23-year old male Chinese worker of a Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator (POGO), was approached by the suspects after he alighted from a transport network vehicle service in a hotel in Aseana, Barangay Tambo at around 1:40 p.m.

After a heated argument, the victim was forcibly taken by the suspects aboard a Toyota Hi-Ace van.

The commotion caught the attention of hotel security personnel who immediately reported the incident to the Sub Station 2 of Parañaque City Police Station.

Duty personnel who responded to the incident immediately intercepted the suspects' vehicle and rescued the victim.

Initial reports said the victims owed a debt worth PHP750,000.

"We are also grateful for the immediate response of our community to rescue the victim and prevent him from possible harm at the hands of these kidnappers. In line with our cleanliness in the community under the Intensified Cleanliness Policy, our police have joined the community to clean up and suppress crime for the good of our country,” Eleazar added.

The suspects are now under custody at Parañaque City Police Station for investigation and filing of appropriate charges. (PNA)