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Cops probe kidnap try on
high school student

A 14-year-old student of the Tampi National High School in Barangay Tandayag, Amlan, Negros Oriental, yesterday said several persons on board a white van attempted to kidnap her while she was walking home at around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Insp. Nathaniel Rubia, chief of police of San Jose, the nearest town to Tandayag, said the third year high school student also told them that she saw another young person inside the van.

She said she ran and that two persons followed her on foot but failed to catch up with her.

Rubia said nobody in the area knew of the alleged incident. A person questioned by the police said he saw a girl running at about that time but did not notice people following her.

Supt. Alet Virtucio, OIC director of the Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office, said he has ordered checkpoints after receiving the report, but said there were loose ends to the story of the girl.

He urged the public to stay calm amid public speculations that there are plans to kidnap young people for their internal organs.

Virtucio said that, so far, there has been no report of a child or a young person being kidnapped, or had been declared missing in Negros Oriental, despite similar reports in past years.*JFP


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