Man abducted in Philippines freed


A Japanese resident of the Philippines who was abducted by gunmen over the weekend was freed early Tuesday, police said.

Hayato Sumi, 41, was freed around 1:30 a.m. in General Mariano Alvarez, a town in Cavite province. It was unclear whether Sumi’s family had paid the 5 million peso (about ¥11.68 million) ransom demanded by the abductors.

The police said Sumi was accosted Saturday night in his used bicycle shop in Don Bosco, a village in Paranaque, by two men who gagged and blindfolded him before dragging him into a car and driving off.

At least four people were involved in the abduction, police said.

Sumi, from Kanagawa Prefecture, has been living in the Philippines since 2009 and is married to a local woman.

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