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Abducted Japanese businessman rescued by cops in Bulacan

  • A Japanese businessman was rescued from his kidnappers by the PNP-AKG
  • He is believed to have been set up by his Japanese compatriots
  • Three of the kidnappers, including another Japanese, were arrested in Bulacan

MANILA, Philippines  –  Members of the Philippine National Police – Anti-Kidnapping Group (PNP-AKG) successfully rescued a Japanese businessman who was kidnapped by his compatriots and his Filipino accomplices.

PNP chief Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa on Tuesday presented to the media Miyashita Takashi, also a Japanese, and his two cohorts, brothers Roberto Reyes and Reggie Reyes. The three were arrested in separate raids in Pasig City and Parañaque City.

They were allegedly responsible for the kidnapping of Yuji Nakajima who was rescued by cops last Thursday in Plaridel, Bulacan.

According to PNP-AKG spokesperson Supt. Elmer Cereno, Nakajima arrived in the country last March 22 along with his former business partner, Yusuke Obara.

The victim was apparently set up for kidnapping by Obara whom he owed some money.

The Reyes brothers fetched Nakajima at the airport and stayed at a hotel in Ermita, Manila. Two days later he was picked up from the hotel by two men to see another Japanese identified later as Miyashita Takashi.

Since then, the Reyes brothers have been transferring the victim from one safe house to another until the police received information about the kidnapping from the Japanese embassy.

The police narrated that a certain Vergel Lumague, believed to be a cousin of the Reyeses, was instrumental in providing information to the authorities. Lumague reportedly lent his phone to Nakajima to call someone when the Reyes brothers stayed at his house with the kidnap victim.

Lumague was also rescued along with Nakajima during the operation.

Meanwhile, police are still looking for Obara, who is believed to be the mastermind, and some other individuals who served as lookout for the kidnappers.

The suspects will be facing kidnapping charges, said PNP-AKG chief Sr. Supt. Glenn Dumlao.