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Malaysian, who was mistaken for a Chinese national kidnapped by four men

MANILA: A Malaysian was allegedly kidnapped by four men in Pasay after they assumed he was from China, was rescued in Tagaytay, Cavite.

Cheong Hock Nian, who works for a Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator or POGO, was found tied up in the toilet of an apartment in Barangay Sungay East on Sunday, Philstar.com reported.

Lieutenant Colonel Norman Rañon, chief of the Tagaytay City police, said a resident who happened to pass the apartment area found Cheong in distress.

A police tracker team was alerted and eventually rescued Cheong, Ranon said adding investigations revealed Cheong was seized from the Solaire Casino in Pasay and dragged into a waiting van.

He said the police are now seeking a group of people linked to the kidnapping and that investigations are continuing.

Meanwhile an American was arrested by anti-narcotics agents in Angeles City on Sunday, according to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

A plastic sachet containing syabu with an estimated street value of 34,500 pesos as well as two plastic sachets suspected to contain cocaine and marked money were recovered from the suspect, a native of Hawaii, has been in the Philippines since 2019.

The suspect has been under PDEA surveillance since June following information that he was involved in illegal drug activities.

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