(Photo courtesy of PNP Public Information Office)

MANILA – A Chinese kidnap victim was rescued by members of the local police in Batangas City.

In a statement Friday, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Rodolfo Azurin Jr. said the victim whose name was withheld was rescued by Batangas City Police Station members at a convenience store in Barangay Alangilan, Batangas City on Thursday while they were chasing the suspects.

A manhunt is underway against the suspects who held the victim captive for 20 days inside the Nueva Villa Subdivision in the same village.

The operation stemmed from the complaint of the victim's Chinese boyfriend who told investigators of the PNP Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG) that she was last seen on the night of Sept. 16 at the Hammer Disco Light Club in Barangay Balibago, Angeles City with her friend.

However, the investigation revealed that the victim and her friend both left the premises of the club past midnight on Sept. 17 and went to an unknown location.

On Sept. 18, an unknown caller called the victim’s boyfriend asking for money amounting to US$2 million (PHP116 million), and sent a video clip of the victim while being hit with a baseball bat in different parts of her body.

The victim is now under the custody of the PNP AKG as operations continue against the suspects. (PNA)