Manila has reportedly not been safe for many for several years. This is mainly due to a kidnapping ring that was operating there. However, it seems like those living in Manila can now breathe a little easier. After all, the leader of the ring and his right hand man have reportedly been killed.
A video of a shootout happening in a small apartment has been making its rounds. It was later discovered that the shootout had taken place in the Philippines sometime in July. Two men were reportedly killed in the fight and as it turns out, one of them was the leader of a notorious kidnapping group, Zhang Xiao Long (張小龙).
The video showed a group of men gathered about a table, arguing viciously about something. Tensions were clearly high as one group was telling the other to calm down. However, everything changed the second someone brought out a pistol. Gunfire could be heard as two men cried out and fell to the ground. One of them was also brutally stabbed afterwards.
Philippine police later confirmed that the two who died in the skirmish were Xiao Long and his partner, Meng Ziyu (孟子宇). Apparently, they had been at the meeting to discuss a ransom. Xiao Long had initially kidnapped someone and held them for ransom. However, after the victim’s release, the victim decided to track Xiao Long down and get his money back. He called for a meeting with the duo, which turned into a standoff and ended with the deaths of the notorious duo.
Xiao Long has reportedly been a nightmare for many when he was active. In fact, one of his former subordinates apparently shared more about what life had been like under him. The former member claimed that Xiao Long was known for being merciless and brutal.
According to the former subordinate, he had once been punished for not obtaining the correct ransom amount. As a result of his mistake, Xiao Long ordered him to be tortured and starved for three days before being allowed to leave. The punishment apparently took him out for a whole year and he had to pay for the missing amount.
The second incident, which happened on 4th June this year was the breaking point for the ex-member. Apparently, the group had targeted a young man involved in the computer industry. They extorted 1.2 million RMB (~RM780,000) from the victim before killing him in cold blood. The action had shocked the ex-member as he assumed the victim would be sold off to another group instead.
Philippine police have reportedly declared the case closed as suspects have been identified. However, it seems there are still plenty of mixed feelings regarding Xiao Long’s death. Some feel it was well deserved. Others think justice should have been served instead.
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— 新闻调查 (@xinwendiaocha) September 13, 2022