Las Piñas police have filed a complaint for serious illegal detention against a Chinese worker found dead last Friday.

The subject of the complaint is Li Yun Ziang, earlier identified as Shiba, 34 years old, from Fujian, China, said Police Maj. Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar, head of the National Capital Region Police Office.

Shiba allegedly handcuffed a fellow Chinese, Yang Kang, following a heated argument over unsettled personal debts last Thursday, Aug. 8.

Yang was found unconscious early Friday morning after falling from the sixth floor of a building said to house a call center for Chinese clients.

Police sources said Shiba was still at large.

The Chinese Embassy in Manila had issued a statement saying it was closely monitoring the investigation, and expressed optimism Filipino government authorities would ensure the safety of Chinese citizens in the Philippines.

On Friday, the embassy called on government agencies to look into the welfare of Chinese said to have been lured into working for Philippine Online Gaming Operators (POGOs), citing reports that their employers had withheld their passports and had subjected them to abuses. (Melo M. Acuña)