Armed men held up a Chinese official of a mining company in Barobo, Surigao del Sur, taking his car, more than P1.5 million cash, and other valuables, police reported.

The incident occurred around 1:30 p.m. Monday, but the victim, Wen Tsen-Nan, was only able to report the incident to authorities Tuesday morning after being dropped off by the suspects in Bayugan City, Caraga regional police spokesman Supt. Martin Gamba said.

Wen, general manager of Triple Win Mining Company, told police that he was driving his Toyota Hilux (KDZ-735) from Rosario to Barobo when five men armed with caliber-.45 pistols flagged him down at Sitio Agsur, Brgy. Bahi.

The armed men allegedly pointed their guns at Wen, told him to drive towards Lianga, Surigao del Sur, reroute to a mountainous area of Bayugan City, and took several of his belongings along the way, Gamba said.

Wen said he lost P1.5 million cash, 40,000 Chinese Yuan, 500 Hong Kong dollars, an undetermined amount of Taiwan dollars, a check book, ATM card, a 200 gram gold necklace, a gold watch worth P500,000, a cellphone, and passports to the robbers.

The foreigner told police that the suspects released him in front of a church in Bayugan around 2 a.m. Tuesday then sped away with his vehicle. (John Roson)

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