BAGUIO CITY: Heightened police visibility has been enforced along the entertainment district of this mountain resort city following the spate of mauling incidents targetting students of foreign nationality.
A Yemeni student in a university here and his 17-year-old friend, also from Yemen, were the latest victims.
Twenty-year-old Omar Ali Algathmi told police that he and his male friend were attacked by three unidentified Filipinos at dawn on Thursday at the parking lot of Spade Bar along Kisad Road.
He said they were having a chat with three Filipina friends coming from the bar when the suspects appeared and beat them up for no apparent reason.
In earlier incident, police also reported that a Korean national was also mauled by several Filipino males inside another bar in the city scaring even Japanese nationals temporarily living in the city.
The Manila Times learned that most of the mauling victims in the city’s entertainment district are Korean nationals who are enrolled in various universities in Baguio.
However, the incidents ended only on police blotter since victims refuse to pursue the case for fear of their lives.
Reports of brawling incidents are common among university students during weekends.
Foreign nationals enrolled in at least three big universities here come from Korea, Yemen, Nigeria, South Africa, Australia and some from Japan.
Mayor Mauricio Domogan had asked the city police to conduct foot patrol in areas where bars and nightspots are located – around the vicinity of Session Road, Magsaysay Avenue, Legarda Road, Kisad Road and Bokawkan Road – which is considered the city’s entertainment district.
Domogan said he had requested Baguio City police director Senior Supt. Rolando Miranda to ensure the security and safety of the residents, the local and foreign tourists, particularly during the night.
He said also urged the police to implement measures to abate escalation of crime incidents that would compromise the city’s peace and order situation.