Bauan, Batangas: The mayor of Bauan town downplayed the reports of alleged abduction in his hometown and branded these as “purely politics.”
Mayor Ryanh Dolor told barangay officials, teachers and school officials at Bauan Technical High School Friday afternoon that a certain group wants to destroy the image of his town by orchestrating an abduction incident in the area.
“May pulitika dito, gusto lang nilang itanim sa isipan ng mga mamamayan at mga negosyante dito na magulo dito at hindi sila dapat pumunta dito sa Bauan dahil hindi maganda ang katayuan ng peace and order dito sa aming bayan [There is politics here, they are trying to put into the minds of the people and the businessmen that there is chaos here and that visitors should not come to Bauan because there is a peace and order problem in our town],” Dolor told reporters.
The mayor reacted to TV reports last Monday that a 17-year old girl, a resident of Bauan, was abducted while she was on her way to school at Barangay Calicanto, Batangas City last September 2. However, she was able to escape from her abductors upon reaching Lipa City.
“This is absurd, according to the victim, she was able to escape when her abductor left her in the van to urinate. Sino namang kidnapper ang mag-iiwan ng kanyang victim na nag-iisa, talagang drama lang ito [Will a kidnapper leave his victim alone? This is really just drama],” Dolor added.
Last August 27, four children were also reported missing in Bauan town when armed suspect allegedly snatched them while riding in a passenger jeepney.
The children, who are still missing as of press time, were identified as Robin Cabral,14, a resident of San Pascual town, Jerome Claveria,12, Mica Recto,11, and Rumar Manalo, 11, who are all residents of Bauan town.
In a press conference held at the Batangas Police Provincial Office, Batangas police director Senior Supt. Omega Jireh Fidel said they are still in the process of gathering information from witnesses to prove the alleged abduction.
“Hinahanap pa namin yung driver ng jeep para mag bigay ng statement kung may naganap ngang abduction, mahirap kasi mag rely sa mga hearsay at third hand information [We are looking for the driver of the jeep so he can give a statement if an abduction indeed took place, it would be difficult if we rely on mere heasay],” Fidel said.
Meanwhile, the Batangas police asked the public to be calm and be responsible in passing unconfirmed reports in social media.
Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos-Recto earlier called on the residents of Batangas province to keep calm.
“Kung ano man itong issue na nag cause ng panic sa lalawigan ng Batangas [Whatever this iss is that caused panic in the province of Batangas] ay we’re not taking this sitting down. We are working on this, mayroon na po tayong task force na Batang Angel [we already have a task force called Batang Angel],” she said.
Recto was referring to the police task force formed specifically to look for the missing students.