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Sunday 6 September 2015

Batangas City|The Four children missing last August may be a victims of sex or organ trade syndicates?

Several children are reportedly missing in Batangas

Case. Reports revealed that four children are missing and suspected to have been kidnapped last night of August 27, 2015 in Bauan, Batangas.

The victims were identified as Robin Cabral, 14 Jerome Claveria, 12; Mica Recto, 11; and Romar Manalo, 12.  Robin Cabral was allegedly abducted and forced into a van by armed suspects who pointed a gun at the driver of the jeepney he was riding, according to another aunt, Berna Calayo based on abs-cbn report.

Bishop Initiation. The Catholic prelate has initiated a text message campaign to warn the faithful over reports that several children are reportedly missing in Batangas. Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles said that the text blast was launched on Friday to alert the parishioners and the public on the alleged kidnapping of children in the said province.

Text Message Campaign. “The news of kidnapping of children in the province most especially in Batangas City is very alarming. Please alert everyone especially parents, elders and schools on this serious danger. The children may be victims of sex or organ trade syndicates” - Archbishop Arguelles. [part only]

Catholic prelate urged the public specially parents and guardians of children in the province to keep an eye on their sons, daughters, nieces and nephews.

Anthony Coloma, Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) Advocacy and Information Management officer asked the help of the authorities and said “We did receive reports from our people in the region about concerns affecting the security of some of our students. It is for this reason that we enjoin the local government in ensuring the security of our local communities and the safety of our children,”

Police Force Operations. The authorities lead by Chief Supt. Richard Albano, regional director of the Calabarzon police regional office created the Special Investigation Task Group Batang Anghel to investigate the cases of children gone missing in the province. Senior Supt. Jireh Fidel said “Additional policemen were deployed to ensure maximum police visibilty and protection especially near schools. We appeal for sobriety and calm and for the public to report anything suspicious”. “The SITG is encouraging the public to be vigilant and report any similar incident to the nearest police station. Any information will be highly appreciated and will be treated as confidential,” the police official said.

The Calabarzon police regional office also met with the families of the still missing children to assure the families that they would be provided with security if needed. Albano said investigators have been ordered to look for eyewitnesses, to profile the victims and to maintain close contact with the victims’ families. “We want to reassure them that the SITG will do everything in order to shed light on the cases and return their children to them. They will be given security if needed so that they may be somewhat relieved of their fear,” the police official said.

Contacts. Informants may keep in touch with Police open hotline. Calabarzon police regional office hotline: (049) 5312293, 09178974365, and 09163987627.

Philippine News Agency

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