Two Chinese nationals were arrested for killing a fellow Chinese and injuring another inside a restaurant in Makati City late Thursday night.
The Southern Police District identified the suspects as Yang Chao Wen, 32, and Yan Wu, 29. They are now detained at the Makati City police station pending the filing of criminal charges against them.
The authorities arrested the two foreigners for the killing of Yin Jian Tao, 33, and injuring his companion Zheng Kai, 25, inside a VIP room of Jiang Nan Hot Pot Restaurant along Garcia Street in Barangay Bel-Air around 10 p.m.
Recovered from the suspects were one Dessert Eagle .9mm (with magazine and live ammunition); one Colt cal. 45 (with magazine and live ammunition); and one Cal. 45 (with magazine and live ammunition), and a bag with P345,000 cash.
Witnesses said the five Chinese men and a woman were having dinner at the restaurant when the shooting incident transpired.
Responding members of the Barangay Bel-Air Bantay Bayan nabbed two of the three suspects who were about to escape.
Initial investigation showed that one of the suspects entered into a transaction with Yin but did not materialize. The two initially met somewhere and later at the restaurant where the victim agreed to hand over P345,000 cash for the transaction.
Police are conducting follow-up operations to track down the third suspect.
The case was the latest crime incident in southern Metro Manila involving Chinese nationals.
In 2019, a number of Chinese nationals —mostly employees of Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator companies—were arrested for their alleged role in kidnapping, drugs and human trafficking, and prostitution and illegal gambling den operations, among others, in the cities of Makati, Parañaque, Pasay and Las Piñas.
Those cases triggered the Philippine National Police to consider having Chinese complaint desks to address the problem.
The Immigration bureau has said that Chinese nationals topped the agency’s list of foreigners who have been arrested in 2018 for violating immigration laws.
Data provided by the bureau also showed that Chinese nationals topped the list of foreign nationals who were prevented from entering the country for displaying rudeness and disrespect towards immigration officers.
“We need the cooperation of the Chinese people through their embassy. We will establish Chinese desks and cross training on language, on the culture so that mas maintindihan natin
why they are doing this and how they’re going to do it,” said PNP chief Archie Gamboa.