MANILA -- A Chinese national was found dead wearing handcuffs after falling from a building in Las Piñas City, Friday morning.
According to a report from the Las Piñas police, the victim identified as Yang Kang was handcuffed by his employer.
Police said the victim was last found alive at about 4 p.m. Thursday until he confronted by his supervisor “Shiba” due to debts.
“Based from the CCTV footage, meron isang Chinese national na supervisor niya na sinisingil siya sa kanyang utang, nakita natin sa CCTV na hinandcuff siya, 'yung isang kamay hinandcuff, 'yung isa kinabit sa grill,” Police Brig. Gen. Eliseo Cruz, director of the Southern Police District, said Sunday.
(Based on the CCTV footage, the supervisor of a Chinese man came to collect his debt. We saw on the CCTV the victim was handcuffed to a grill.)
However, around 4 a.m. Friday the victim was able to remove the handcuff from the window grill then later fell from the 6th floor of the building, the report said.
Authorities have yet to secure the true identity of the employer who handcuffed and detained the victim. The suspect is still at large and may be faced with illegal detention.
The building officials have yet to give a statement on the incident.
“Walang foul play, walang pagtulak,” Police Col. Simnar Gran said.
(There was no foul play, he was not pushed.)
“Pwede naman natin sabihin na ito'y isang isolated incident kasi the manner ng pagkaka-pangyayari ng insidente, 'di naman usual na nangyayari ‘to," Cruz added.
(We can say this was an isolated incident because the manner of the incident was unusual.)
The SPD chief, however, admitted they have been receiving reports on Chinese nationals being victims of illegal detention and abduction.
“Lahat ng mga singilan ng pautang sa bawat isa ay Chinese nationals 'yung victim and Chinese nationals din 'yung mga suspects. Mostly ang nare-report sa 'tin they are connected with the online gaming operation,” he said.
(The victim of debt collectors were all Chinese, and the suspects were also Chinse. Most of the reports are connected with the online gaming operation.)
China's Embassy in Manila earlier called on the Filipino government to "punish" casinos and Philippine Offshore Gaming Operations (POGOs) that illegally employ Chinese workers.
Malacañang expressed alarm over the incident and ordered the Philippine National Police to look into the incent and track down the supervisor of the victim.
“The Palace is concerned with growing reports that foreign workers in the country are being subjected to coercion, illegal detention and other violations of law even by their own countrymen while in the Philippines," Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said.
"We need to put a stop to these illegal acts. We will not allow nor tolerate any kind of abuse inflicted on any foreigner whether sojourning or working in this country, whether done by their fellow nationals or by our own citizens."
The Southern Police District has yet to give figures on similar incidents involving Chinese and other foreign nationals.
Cruz said they have recently signed a memorandum of agreement with developer SM Development Corporation (SMDC), allowing them access and inspection to condominium units where illegal activities are suspectedly taking place.
He called on other condominium developers and owners to follow suit.
Malacañang and the police urged foreign nationals, especially Chinese workers, to report to authorities any act of their employers that violates the law.