CAMP CRAME, CAMARINES SUR - Authorities have named five foreigners and three Filipinos as persons of interest in the abduction and murder of two Chinese executives. According to PNP spokesperson Col. Jean Fajardo, this development in the investigation into the deaths of Kefu Xia and Jimmy Jing Sun, a Chinese-American, was announced by Interior Secretary Benjamin Abalos Jr.

According to Philippines News Agency, The case is progressing, with key suspects identified and preparations underway to file legal charges, as reported during a press briefing at Camp Crame. Fajardo highlighted that none of the identified persons of interest are currently in police custody and stressed the need for discretion in the investigation at the request of the victims' families and the Chinese Embassy. The Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG) is also involved, focusing on gathering further evidence and coordinating with international law enforcement.

The victims, who had arrived in the Philippines on June 20 for a business meeting, were reportedly abducted by an unknown group immediately after their arrival. Contact with their families was established the same day, but then they vanished. Subsequent ransom demands were made, with the initial sum of 5 million yuan reduced to 3 million yuan following negotiations. Despite the ransom payment, the bodies of Xia and Jing were discovered on June 24 beside a cliff in Sitio Rawis, Barangay Patitinan, Sagñay.

Col. Fajardo added that the investigation is complex, involving multiple countries, as the business dealings that led to the victims' visit did not originate in the Philippines.

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