A college student of the Ateneo de Manila University was kidnapped right inside the campus on Katipunan Avenue in Quezon City last month.
The unidentified student was snatched on November 21 but was later released unharmed. Father Nemesio Que, S.J., vice president of the school, said no ransom was paid.
Que said that the student was taken between 6 p.m and 6:30 p.m. at the north car park of the Loyola Heights campus. He did not say when or how the student was released.
The school’s security office could not say if the kidnappers were armed or what vehicle they used. School officials were also mum on the identity or gender of the victim.
A check made by The Manila Times with the Quezon City Police District Station 9 (Anonas station) revealed that university officials called for assistance on the night of the incident. A team of policemen was sent to the campus but the school later decided to let the QCPD Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (CIDU) handle the case.
Que said that the student is now attending classes.
Because of the incident, the university has beefed up its security measures.
“The University, through its Security Office, has put in place immediate and short term measures while studying more long term policies,” Que said.
“These include the installation of additional lighting and the deployment of more roving guards in the parking areas; enforcement of stricter rules in the entry and exit of people and vehicles on campus; and closure of alternate entry points around the campus,” he added.
In October, GMA News reported that Perlita Frago, a professor of UP-Diliman, was robbed and taken for a ride on her own vehicle. The robbers were able to withdraw P29,000 from her ATM card and carted away her iPhone and pieces of jewelry.