Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) Advocacy and Information Management officer Anthony Coloma urged schools to beef up their security to guarantee the safety of students.
Coloma made the call following reports on the kidnapping of a student at the Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon, City.
“We are encouraging our schools to continue guaranteeing the security of our students,” Coloma said.
Father Nemesio Que, S.J, vice president of Ateneo, on Tuesday admitted that a college student was kidnapped right inside the campus but was later released unharmed.
Because of the incident, Coloma said that schools should be more vigilant and improve their security to keep students safe inside campuses.
However, the Quezon City police yesterday said the Ateneo incident was a “kidnap me” case concocted by the alleged victim.
Chief Supt. Richard Albano, QCPD director, denied the reported kidnapping of a 20-year-old student. He said that the parents of the supposed victim and the police’s Anti-Kidnapping Group agreed that no kidnapping took place.
Albano said that the parents of the student reported the incident to the police station 9 in Anonas on the evening of November 21, and that the family of the victim supposedly received a ransom demand of P250,000 in exchange for the student’s release.
However, the victim arrived home the next day without the parents paying ransom.
Que said that the university had installed additional lighting and deployed more roving guards in the school’s parking areas.
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